A “Garden city” in the middle od a desert, also known as Lima is a really special place. A mosaic of 43 smaller cities and 9 million inhabitants make Peru’s capital one of world’s few megacapitals.
Church Of San Francisco
The Church of San Francisco is one of the best preserved buildings in Lima. It was built in the baroque-style of the late 1600s.
The church has several gilded side altars and an impressive lattice dome, and the adjoining monastery has an astonishing collection of ancient religious texts.
Some of them were even brought over by the first wave of Spanish priests, after the conquest of the Incas.
The catacombs of San Francisco were part of Lima’s original cemeteries, which were built under churches. An estimated 75,000 bodies are buried under San Francisco alone! Many of the remains are exposed and stacked in strange patterns in circular stone pits.
Lima has a large number of historical ruins, huacas, which can be spotted in many neighborhoods. One of the un-fenced huacas is the Pucllana Temple, or Huaca Pucllana. It was built around 500 A.D., during the cultural height of Lima’s history.
Much of the site has been restored and excavations continue to uncover artifacts and the occasional mummy.
The Larco Museum is housed in a former mansion, and it offers a varied collection of 3,000 years of ceramic, textile and precious metal artifacts. Awesome exhibits can be seen, like mummies that show off the different ways ancient cultures, including the Incas, preserved their dead.
Visitors are allowed into the museum’s store rooms to see what’s not on display, like a vast array of ceramic objects crafted by ancient Peruvians.
There’s also a special room devoted to erotic archaeological treasures, a collection of ceramic pots portraying a variety of sexual positions and acts. Many of them were destroyed by Spanish conquerors, who were mortified by the explicit depictions.