Welcome to Lima, the City of Kings, where the history of the city lives along the streets that lie beneath the sprawling modernity of skyscrapers. Each neighborhood stands proud in their differences, creating a confluence of culture where the zesty scent of citrus and seafood drifts through one street, while the juicy and savory aroma of rotisserie chicken hovers along another. The treasures of Lima shines over the Plaza de Armas like pearls, from the Gubernatorial Palace to the bells of the Lima Cathedral. The grand façade of the cathedral radiates opulent white with tall, gothic spires hovering over the square. The sound of bells mixes with the bustle of the city.
The Church of San Francisco looks like gold with its canary yellow façade luminous in the afternoon sun. The white trim of the church runs through the interior, white tiles brighten the church while red trim brings the gilded ornaments of the dais to an impressive glow. Descend the stairs beneath the base of the cathedral where natural light fades to flickering bulbs. The scent of damp earth rises from the dirt path. The catacombs of San Francisco are treasures hidden in plain sight, where the history of the church and the city come to life. The stones are cold against your palms; the quiet hum of electricity breaks the silence. Ascend the stairs and return to the bright sun of the Lima afternoon where the ocean breeze carries with it the sweet salt of the sea.