Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Carpe Diem #1424 Lima

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Well are on our way. Our journey through the Andean Mountains has started. And today we will arrive at Lima, capital of Peru. So let's take a break and visit Lima together. Let me firsr tell you a little about Lima.

Lima, capital of Peru
Lima the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. With a population of more than 10 million, Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru and the third-largest city in the Americas (as defined by "city proper"), behind São Paulo, and Mexico City.

Lima was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as Ciudad de los Reyes. It became the capital and most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru. Following the Peruvian War of Independence, it became the capital of the Republic of Peru. Around one-third of the national population lives in the metropolitan area.

Lima is home to one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the New World. The National University of San Marcos, founded on May 12, 1551, during the Spanish colonial regime, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas.

Plaza de Armas, Lima, Peru
The Historic Center of Lima, La Plaza de Armas, is on the UNESCO heritage list. It's the ancient city of Lima. Here you can sense history as if you are there. Say ... in the ancient time, a time traveling experience.

Lima is the birthplace of the first Southern American Saint Rose of Lima. She was declared holy in the 17th century by Pope Clement IX. She became the patroness of Peru and is still the patroness of Peru.

Saint Rosa de Lima (painting by Claudio Coello
What a wonderful place Lima must be I think. So enjoy this short break ....

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until May 9th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on.

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