Instituto Riva-Aguero


Toward the center of downtown, this traditional casona houses the small Museum of Art & Popular Tradition.

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1. Iglesia de San Agustín

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This church has an elaborate churrigueresque facade (completed in 1720), replete with stone carvings of angels, flowers, fruit and, of course, St…

2. Iglesia de la Merced

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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, it was rebuilt…

3. Jirón de la Unión

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In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the five pedestrian blocks on Jirón de la Unión, from the Plaza de Armas to Plaza San Martín, were the place to…

4. Plaza de Armas

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Lima’s 140-sq-meter Plaza de Armas, also called the Plaza Mayor, was not only the heart of the 16th-century settlement established by Francisco Pizarro,…

5. Museo Central

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Housed in a graceful bank building, the Museo Central is a well-presented overview of several millennia of Peruvian art, from pre-Columbian gold and…

6. Casa de la Riva

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This handsome, 18th-century mansion features beautiful wooden balconies, an elegant patio and period furnishings.

7. Iglesia de Santo Domingo

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One of Lima’s most historic religious sites, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and its expansive convent are built on land granted to the Dominican friar…

8. Casa de Oquendo

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The cornflower-blue Casa de Oquendo is a ramshackle turn-of-the-19th-century house (in its time, the tallest in Lima) with a creaky lookout tower that, on…