Downtown Lima: day and night

The oracle´s and valley´s name was Rimaq which means “the one who speaks” in Quechua. The Spanish chose that valley to found the capital of Perú there and from then on it was known as Lima.

Soon the Spanish substituted churches, colonial houses, and palaces for farms and most of the wakas or sacred places. The downtown or Damero de Pizarro still boasts the architecture of the colonial period and the main square is the best point to start walking around. The best of all, you can do it not only by day but also by night.

…y otro valle llamado “Rimac, al cual los españoles corrompiendo el nombre, llaman Lima”.
Comentarios Reales de los Incas, Garcilaso de la Vega.

Lima main square

The Cathedral

Lima main square

Lima main square

Lima main square

Lima main square

The government palace

Lima main square

Lima main square

“El nombre Rimac quiere decir el que habla. Llamaron así al valle por un idolo que en él hubo con figura de hombre, que hablaba y respondía a lo que le preguntaban”.
Comentarios Reales de los Incas, Garcilaso de la Vega.

Lima main square

The City Hall from the fountain. Pic taken by Kristina Stalnionyte

Lima main square

The City Hall from the government palace

Lima main square

Fountain at Plaza Peru

Lima downtown

Plaza San Martin

Lima main square

a fountain at Plaza San Martin

Lima main square

Lima main square

All pics taken by Sergio Reyna unless otherwise mentioned.

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2 Responses to Downtown Lima: day and night

  1. Thank you very much, Margaret.

    When was the last time you visit Perú? Which places have you visited so far?

  2. Margaret says:

    Nice blog! Always enjoy finding new Latin America blogs. I haven’t been to Perú in many years and you are putting ideas in my head! BTW, I’ve added you to my blogroll under “Latin American Blogs” just to be sure I keep coming back!

    And Congratulations on being “Freshly Pressed”!

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