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Cathedral of Lima, Lima

Church · Tourist Spot
Looming proudly over Lima's central square since its completion in 1538, Cathedral of Lima stands out as one of the city's must-see attractions. Appreciate the colonial architecture of its facade, which has three doors and two spires, typical of the style of the time. With 14 side chapels and a crypt containing the remains of influential Peruvians, the cathedral's cavernous interior impresses visitors as much as its exterior aesthetic. Make Cathedral of Lima a part of your Lima vacation plans using our Lima day trip site.
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  • Beautiful Baroque Renaissance Cathedral on Lima's Plaza de Armas. Especially liked the twin spires and ornate Archbishop's Palace on the left. Cathedral dates to 1564 but was destroyed by...  more »
  • Situated on the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral is a must-see in Lima. Pick up a fold-out leaflet (available in English), as a guide to the cathedral and crypts. Follow the numbered guide around the...  more »
  • Well worth stepping inside for a look, very beautiful and well maintained. Not too overcrowded and plenty of space to have a good look inside each individual chapel. Very peaceful. Photographs are.....  more »
  • Immense historical tourist location. Hard to understated just how much history is encapsulated in this building. Signage is mostly all in Spanish but there are random sprinklings of English to be found. Definitely worth visiting it with a guide to get the full story!
  • A great historical building that commemorates some key figures of the Peruvian church and its history. The place has a great architecture and many little chapels.
  • Paid 10 soles to enter. Came with English pamphlet that was incredibly helpful to identify and describe all the ornate chapels inside. Maybe because it was Monday afternoon but the place was empty which was nice. I grumbled at paying to enter the cathedral but it was well-worth it for 10 soles. Pictures fully allowed.
  • Situated in the main square the entrance is controlled through a small door by security guards. Security is a big thing around the city armed police everywhere! If a cruise ship is in (I was on a Princess cruise tour) the cathedral will be packed it's also surprisingly a very hot & stuffy cathedral. If you can you're probably better walking around with a guide book than a tour of 30+ people as everyone gets in everyone else's way.
  • Visited on a Sunday where some of the nearby roads are closed. There are services but we were welcomed in to visit and take photos. Recommended as part of a trip to Lima.

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