This past week we were treated to a walking tour of old Lima by our friends the Andersons. They are extremely knowledgeable about Lima, its past and present. We visited several colonial era homes, or maybe mansions would be a better term including that of Admiral Grau, as well as a beautiful 18th Century Cathedral. We took a few photos to share. Inside the Cathedral of the Virgin de Mercedes, simply known as the Merced Church, there were warnings about not using your cell phone but no proscriptions against photography. The Virgin Mercedes is the Saint responsible for the guns of Peru. Peru's history has not been an easy one, but rather a violent one. More than 170 civilizations and cultures have been identified here before the Incan armies swept over the Andes Mountains, highlands and coastal planes prior to the Spanish conquest. We had lunch by a very pleasant water fountain where only recently Francisco Pizarro's heroic statue had stood. It was removed by Lima's last mayor to another site, less in the public view, by design. Warfare and conquest are all the people here have known through their entire history up to the start of the 20th Century. A border dispute with Ecuador led to several smaller battles in 1941 and again in 1995. It was only settled by diplomatic efforts of the United States, Chile, Argentina, and Brasil in 1998.
|RuthAnn and the Andersons, our guides|
|Merced Church on the Plaza del Armas|
|Interior of the Merced Church|
|An artist's conception of the Huascar during her fighting days. Note the Flag of Peru on the stern|
|The Huascar today as it lies at anchor in Chilenos' hands|