Lima, Peru’s bustling capital, was founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro.  He intended to establish a capital accessible to Spanish ships, a place to export the gold and silver he found here as well as bring more Europeans to the region.  Pizarro built a city centered around the Plaza de Armas (the central plaza where his troops would parade and show off their military technology).  On one side of the plaza is the large cathedral where Pizarro himself was laid to rest after a successful assassination attempt by a group of rival Spanish soldiers.  On another is the Presidential Palace, which replaced Pizarro’s home after Peru declared independence in 1821.  The other two sides of the plaza contain the city hall and a commercial center.  The layout reflects Peru’s four centers of power:  the church, national government, local government and business interests.  Near the plaza are a variety of other churches, monasteries and buildings of historical interest.  We spent a day exploring down town Lima with our study coordinator, Celia, a Lima native who enjoys showing us around her city.


  1. Chris Holland says

    You guys are looking great. Sounds like you learned a lot.. So I hear its of to the next adventure have not heard where you guys are all going but hope you all stay save and sound and you all have a good experience where ever you going. Your are half way thru your time in Peru hard to believe you have been there already 6 weeks. We are praying for and wish you the best. God Bless you all
    Chris Holland

  2. Lavonne van der Zwaag says

    These photos are amazing! I visited the Plaza de Armas in 1989. It is great to see that it remains so beautiful. I have always remembered the detailed work in the wood and tiles around the plaza. Thanks for sharing the photos that have been posted so far. It has helped to keep us in touch with Anna and the group – giving parents the opportunity to learn a few of the overall themes that the students are learning. Great job!

  3. Cindy Mason says

    Thank you for the updates through the weeks. I appreciate the mix of pictures – history, nature, and happy students. The blog has been a great way to share the experience with extended family and friends of Jessica.

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