Capilla del Puente, the smallest church in Lima?

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Capilla del Puente, the smallest church in Lima? Rimac Reviews

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Capilla del Puente, the smallest Church of Lima. Mar 15, 2014
Apenas a dos cuadras del puente de piedra, en pleno Jr. Trujillo, se encuentra la Capilla Nuestra Señora del Rosario, más conocida como la Capilla del Puente, con sus 5 m de ancho, 12 m de largo y casi 10 m de alto es considerada la Iglesia más pequeña de Lima y tal vez del mundo. Pero no es una iglesia, es la capilla más parecida a una iglesia que existe ya que lo tiene todo, altar mayor, bóveda, torres, imágenes y restos de lo que fue un púlpito, y pertenece a la Iglesia de San Lázaro.

Construida en estilo colonial, ha hecho uso del adobe, quincha, madera y ladrillo, y necesita ser reparada. La imagen de Nuestra Señora del Rosario está en el retablo del altar mayor y sería del siglo XVII; debajo de ella aparece el Señor del Triunfo. En las paredes laterales están las imágenes de San Judas Tadeo, San Hilarión, San Martín de Porres, Santa Rosa de Lima, el Señor Crucificado con la Virgen de la Puerta debajo, Almas Benditas y la Virgen del Carmen. Todas "claman" urgente curación.

Aunque la placa de la puerta dice que se fundó en 1555, no existe documentación anterior al Siglo XVII que lo acredite.

Es tan pequeña que pasa desapercibida, se pierde entre el gentío de los negocios vecinos y es casi difícil entender que alguien se pueda concentrar en la oración con todo el ruido de la calle y de los vendedores ambulantes, pero día a día sigue abriendo sus puertas, excepto los domingos, de 9 a.m. a 12:30 p.m. y de 4 p.m. a 8 p.m.

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Just two blocks from the stone bridge in the Trujillo street, is located the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, known as the Chapel Bridge, with its 5 m wide, 12 m long and nearly 10 m high is considered the smallest Church of Lima and perhaps of the world. But it isn't a church, it's the chapel more similar a church that exists because it has all, high altar, dome, towers, images and remnants of what was a pulpit, and belongs to the Church of St. Lazarus.

Built in colonial style, has made use of adobe, quincha, wood and brick, and needs to be repaired urgently. The image of Our Lady of the Rosary is the altarpiece and would seventeenth century; below it appears the Lord de Triomphe. On the side walls are images of San Judas Tadeo, Saint Hilarion, Saint Martin de Porres, St. Rose of Lima, the Lord Crucified with the Virgin of the Gate below, Holy Souls and the Virgen del Carmen. All "cry" urgent healing.

Although the sign on the door says it was founded in 1555 , there is not documents previous to seventeenth century, that certifies its existence.

It's so small that it goes unnoticed, is lost in the crowd of neighboring businesses and is almost hard to fathom that someone can concentrate in prayer with all the noise from the street and the street vendors, but daily continues to open its doors except Sunday, from 9 am to 12:30 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm
The chapel from outside.
The gratitude of the parishioners
Holy water font
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Nana_gincin says:
Cicie, kind words Cicie are a compliment to me, deep thanks.
Posted on: Aug 15, 2014
cicie says:
Your pictures tell the story without words. Beautiful BW photos, Nana.
Posted on: Aug 15, 2014
Nana_gincin says:
Brian, according to the book "Curiosities of Lima" by Ernest Ascher, there was in the place where is the actual chapel, a Tambo where someone placed the image of the Virgin of the Rosary, which began to be revered by the locals. Mid-seventeenth century, this Tambo was part of land purchased by the Duke of the Infantry who to build your home, made ​​the chapel was lifted in the same place, with door to the street, so people continue with their religion; so 1555 is not really the date of the construction of the chapel but it can be the start of tambo as a place of religious worship. For clarification, the "tambos" were the refuge of the "chasquis" (messengers) during their route of the Inca empire carrying messages. Also served as collection centers for food or livestock.
Posted on: Apr 26, 2014
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