Iglesia de San Agustín
Toward the center of downtown, this traditional casona houses the small Museum of Art & Popular Tradition.
Iglesia de la Merced
The first Latin Mass in Lima was held in 1534 on a small patch of land now marked by the Iglesia de la Merced. Originally built in 1541,...
Casa de la Riva
This handsome, 18th-century mansion features beautiful wooden balconies, an elegant patio and period furnishings.
Built in 1909, the gorgeous Teatro Segura puts on opera, plays and ballet.
Bustling with businesspeople at lunchtime, the bland, unsigned exterior gives little clue to the gorgeous baroque wood ceiling inside....
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Iglesia de San Agustín information
This church has an elaborate churrigueresque facade (completed in 1720), replete with stone carvings of angels, flowers, fruit and, of course, St Augustine. The interiors are drab, but the church is home to a curious woodcarving called ‘La Muerte’ (Death) by 18th-century sculptor Baltazar Gavilán. As one (probably fictional) story goes, Gavilán died in a state of madness after viewing his own chilling sculpture in the middle of the night. The piece sometimes travels, so call ahead.
Limited operating hours can make the church a challenge to visit.