Easter Holidays in Lima, Peru: Visiting Churches

Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By Isabel Guerra on April 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm
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Santo Domingo Church, Lima, Peru (Photo: Chimi Fotos/Flickr)

Lima, the capital city of Peru, was founded by Spanish conquistadores, who brought the Catholicism here. As a result, nowadays you can see lots, lots of churches spread along the city, but very specially in Lima Downtown, the historic section of the old city.

An old tradition among Limenians is touring seven churches on Holy Thursday, just for praying and reflecting on Jesus’ Passion, since there are no processions scheduled in Lima for this day. So, according to the old ways, after attending Mass, the believers walk from one church to another.

The tradition establishes that his tour should include seven churches remembering the seven places where Jesus stopped: the Garden of Gethsemane, the house of Annas,. the house of Caiaphas, the Praetorium with Pontius Pilates, the Herod’s Court, the return to Pilates and the Golgotha.

Some of the old churches in Lima Downtown that you really should visit, due to their rich historic and artistic legacies, are Las Nazarenas, San Pedro, Santo Domingo, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa de Lima, among many others.


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San Francisco Church, Lima, Peru (Photo: Chimi Fotos/Flickr)