Visiting the Archbishop's Palace at the Plaza de Armas

7-Dec-2019 • Lima Peru

There were two important sites open to the public to visit at the famous Plaza de Armas. They were the Cathedral of Lima as well as the Archbishop's Palace. Since our city tour already took us to the cathedral two days earlier, we only had to visit the Archbishop's Palace (more of a mansion really) during our return to the square. What can I say? It was a wonderful religious museum.

What caught my attention was the grand staircase as soon as we entered the premises. We toured the place on our own although Spanish speaking visitors had guides if they so wished.

Admission was 20 soles per person or 30 soles for a combination ticket for both the cathedral next door and the Archbishop's Palace. Upon purchase of our tickets, we were given a guide and four postcards to remind us of our visit.

The main fa├žade of the Archbishop's Palace

The grand staircase is what greets visitors to the palace. It is grand indeed. Once one gets to the top of the staircase, one easily sees the chapel on the second floor.

This is the view from the top of the stairs.

I fell in love with the paintings of this style even before I saw them in Peru. I saw one at the Asian Art Museum and it was love at first sight. I knew I had to have some myself. I bought two really nice ones but I can't wait to buy some more when I return to Peru.

Another beautiful religious painting

Oh my! I want this!

Inside the tiny chapel inside the palace

This was one office inside.

A living room

And another one

The same living room featured above but from a different angle