The Catacumbas, tour of the city and an example of law enforcement

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Today Daniela and I went for a tour of old Lima.  We got dropped off at the Sheraton Hotel and walked over to Plaza San Martin.  The plaza was full of people (tourists and Limeños).  In the plaza there were promotors of Peru's national futbol team putting on a spectacle.  There we asked a nice old man directions to the Plaza de Armas and walked through a street full of sidewalk shops until we got there.

The Plaza de Armas was not the usual bustle or so I was told.  The plaza was surrounded by Police Assault Vehicles with water cannons and heavily armed policemen.  As tourists we were allowed to walk around so we went up to a police officer and asked him what was going on.

  He told us that they had been informed that there might be an impending protest planned to take place in the plaza and they were to prevent it from occurring.  According to the officer, protests constantly get out of hand and property is destroyed.  I did not ask any further questions or make any comments.  I did however take pictures of him and his entourage and the vehicles in the square.

Daniela and I then boarded our little Urbanito and began our guided tour of Lima.  They showed us churches, the oldest bridge in the city and even the hotel where the very first Pisco Sour was made.  The shuttle then headed up to Cerro San Cristobal for a 360 view of Lima.  On our way up they informed us that we could see a section of the city that was the most populated area of Lima with 2 million inhabitants filling a relatively small area.

San Martin
  From the top of the mountain we witnessed true urban sprawl.  We could see tiny vehicles navigating the Panamericana Norte and industrial building billowing smoke into the sky.

Once back down in the city we walked over to the Catacumbas (or Catacombs) of the Fransiscan Order of Monks.  The exterior of the building was as impressive as the inside.  Inside we first walked up the old library where they held 25000 books from multiple centuries.  The Fransiscans built in sky lights so that they could read by natural light instead of using the more dangerous candle method.

Then we walked down and checked out different paintings.  I got really excited because I actually got to see this painting that I had described to my friends and which I had originally been told about by my Latin American Studies professor at UBC.

The most densely populated area of Lima.
  The painting was of the Last Supper but painted with Peruvian influences.  On the table in front of Jesus and his apostles was a dish of cuy, or guinea pig.

Down in the catacombs underneath the church we saw the bones of hundreds of rich, important people who had paid to be buried closer to God and those of the Fransiscan monks.  According to our guide the monks still get buried there, one having been laid there only four months prior.

Then we walked over to the Museo de la Inquisticion but it was after five so it was closed.  Apparently this is a highlight of Lima so I was a little upset.  I took a picture of the sign so it looks like I went there...  Then after looking at the Congress building we jumped in a cab and headed over to Chili's for fajitas.

annadean says:
Great read Yoshu !!
oh ! did you see Museo de la Inquisticion

lol you took a picture so it looks like you have been there !! haa! funny!

i enjoyed this !! regards Denise
Posted on: Jun 09, 2007
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San Martin
San Martin
The most densely populated area of…
The most densely populated area o…
The Palacio in the Plaza de Armas.
The Palacio in the Plaza de Armas.
Preventing protesters from enterin…
Preventing protesters from enteri…
The view from Cerro San Cristobal
The view from Cerro San Cristobal
An assault vehicle with water cann…
An assault vehicle with water can…
The officer in the Plaza de Armas.
The officer in the Plaza de Armas.
The police officer with whom we sp…
The police officer with whom we s…
At Plaza San Martin.
At Plaza San Martin.
At Plaza San Martin.
At Plaza San Martin.
The Cruz at Cerro San Cristobal.
The Cruz at Cerro San Cristobal.
The Cruz at Cerro San Cristobal.
The Cruz at Cerro San Cristobal.
A cute little guy in front of the …
A cute little guy in front of the…
The old train station.
The old train station.
The Catacumbas
The Catacumbas
The Catacumbas
The Catacumbas
A Lima balcony
A Lima balcony
The Catacumbas
The Catacumbas
Congreso de la Nacion
Congreso de la Nacion
Our little Urbanito!
Our little Urbanito!
The bull fighting ring
The bull fighting ring
An Assault Vehicle
An Assault Vehicle
The Plaza de Armas after the prote…
The Plaza de Armas after the prot…
El Palacio
El Palacio
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