Facts about Lima (ahead of the capital city’s 482nd anniversary)

Facts about Lima (ahead of the capital city’s 482nd anniversary)

The stage is set for Lima’s 482nd anniversary celebration. The historic Spanish-colonial center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, has been the scene of non-stop live music from mid-morning late into the night all week in the Plaza de Armas.

Here are some facts about the City of Kings:

  • … Lima was founded by Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro on Jan. 18, 1535 at 10 o’clock in the morning
  • … The abundance of firewood was one of the reasons Lima was chosen as the site of the capital.
  • … Pizarro chose the current site of the government palace for his residence and seat of power because it was the house of Taulichusco, the Inca ruler of the Rimac Valley.
  • … When Pizarro conquered Lima, Taulichusco was not killed, but was allowed to move to what is now the city district of Pueblo Libre.
  • … The original plan for Lima was designed by Conquistador Diego Agüero, who used it also for the design of Buenos Aires.
  • … In 1542, Lima was designated the center of Spain’s Viceroyal Government, the most powerful in South America.
  • … The first running of the bulls was held in huge patio of Pizarro’s home in 1538.
  • … The jurisdiction of Archbishop of Lima spanned from Nicaragua to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina.
  • … A huge wall was erected around the entire city in 1658 to defend Lima from pirates.

Authored by: PeruTravelTrends

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