Guide to visit Cathedrals, Churches & Synagogues in various districts of Lima


To visit these churches offers an opportunity to see the many altars, chapels and religious treasures that are within each church, as well as a chance to stay for a service.


  Barranco More Info Here
  Lima Cercado More Info Here
  Magdalena del Mar More Info Here
  Miraflores More Info Here
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La Iglesia Ermita

This sanctuary was that of Father Villalta Parroco de Surco in the 21st century. Historically, this was a chapel which served the local fishing community and travelers, that asked for support from God in their labors. On January 14, 1881 the church was burned and ransacked in a Chilean invasion. Its origin is said

In relation to this church and Barranco is a folklore of its founding, that says a certain time a group of fishermen left to complete their catch but it was winter and with the snow, the fishermen became disoriented and were lost for some hours, until far away they saw a bright light which directed them to safety. To get closer to the light that had guided them, they eventually found that it was from a "cross" (like a crucifix) and since that time, it became a place of folklore. There also exists a myth, that when a father touched the church bell, it fell on him and severed his head. They say that he patrols the church during the night, without his head.

The church has a unique and beautiful location. Having been located atop the cliff, the church would have given comfort to the fisherman, as it could be seen from their boats off shore. The church now sits closed and abandoned, as the arched roof is falling more into disrepair.

There is a pathway to walk alongside the church, and along the top of the ravine which extends down to the beach. Beyond the church is a look-out point at

Location: adjacent to the popular "bridge of sighs" in Barranco, a foot bridge which crosses the ravine. In walking to the area of the bridge, there is a flight of steps.

Taxi: "el puente de suspiros en Barranco". The taxi will leave you off along a street that is near this park area where there is no vehicular traffic.

LIMA - centro historico

Here are several of many churches in the district of Lima. This district, with the same name as the city, is also referred to as "el centro" or "cercado de Lima."

Iglesia de La Merced

(also called "Basilica de Nuestra Senora de la Merced")

This beautiful church is one of the subsequent structures that replaced the original which was constructed in 1541. That structure was said to be the first house of worship in Lima. This current church dates from the second half of the eighteenth century, during which parts were destroyed by fire in 1775. It was rebuilt, while many important features remain today, such as the tower, interior staircase, balconies, library. Over 13 works of art of the founder's life were finished later in that century. Fray Miguel de Orenes founded this order "Nuestra Señora de La Merced" in 1535. The main altar pays homage to the Virgin of Mercies, the patron of Peruvian armies. The right nave is dedicated to the famous cross of Father Urraca who lived during the sixteenth century.

Telf. 425-1957

Monday to Friday: 6 and 7:30 pm.
Saturday: 5, 6, 7 and 8 pm.
Sunday: 8, 9 am.; 8 pm.
Confessions: Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 4 to 6 pm.

Location: Jr. Pérez de Tudela 2472, near the corner of Av. Miro Quesada and the 5th block of Jirón ("Jr") de la Unión, which passes by the Plaza de Armas. From the front of the Presidential Palace, cross the plaza and walk about three blocks, heading away from the palace.

Taxi directions-
"la cuadra cinco de Jirón de la Unión, con Avenida Miro Quesada." Pronounciation- Jiron - "here-ron", Miro Quesada - "mer-doe, k-sah-duh"

Catedral de Lima

Built in 1758, this cathedral has a museum of religious art. You can see the intricately crafted wooden choir seating, an very ornamental chapel and an ivory Christ. To the right, after entering, is the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, the Conquistador.

To the left of the cathedral is the Palacio del Arzobispal (Archbishop's Palace)

Saturday: 9 am.
Sunday: 11 am. Celebrated by the Archbishop of Lima, Cardenal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne.

Confessions during the Sunday mass.

Location: on the plaza, to the right of the Palacio del Gobierno (Presidential Palace)


Iglesia Sagrados Corazones Recoleta

(also called "Parroquia de los Sagrados Corazones" -Parish of the Sacred Hearts)

The history of this parish began in 1606 with the founding of the Order- Santa Maria Magdalena de la Orden de Predicadores. Inside this later edifice, there is dedication to the Senor of Good Hope (Buena Esperanza) who represent Christ as the supreme judge of humanity.

Tuesday to Saturday: 8 am. y 7 pm.
Sunday: 8 am.; 12 noon y 7 pm.

Telf. 431-9023

Location: on plaza Francia, Av. Garcilaso de la Vega 1131, Lima 1. This avenue is a street that is a block behind the high-rise Sheraton Hotel.

Iglesia Santo Domingo and Convent

(also called "Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Rosario")

This church dates from the late sixteenth century. It was reconstructed in the mid eighteenth century, as was the convent. The tower was finished construction in 1775. Of the various chapel altars here, to the left is the altar Virgin of the Rosary; the right altar is to Peruvian saints- Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porras and San Juan Masias. Under the image of each Saint are silver urns containing items of the Saints. The convent is one of the best preserved, while the church tower has its unique architectural style.

A beautiful place to visit!

Telf. 4276793 - 4263256

Location: corner of Av. Jiron Camana and Av. Jr. conde de Superunda. If facing the front of the Presidential Palace, turn to your left, walk to the second block, crossing Av. Jr. Camana.

Basilica de San Francisco de Jesus (el grande)- Church and Convent

This is one of Lima's beautiful churches; a master work of architecture from the Spanish colonial period. Founded in 1537; the current large church structure was inaugurated in 1672. It is an important religious, cultural and tourist center, given the title of "the little basilica" by Pope John xxiii in 1963.

The complex has different entrances. One, at the side of this basilica, is the Capilla de Nuestra Senora del Milagro (Chapel of Our Lady of the Miracle) constructed after the time of its founding in 1550. It was rebuilt after a 1835 fire destroyed innumerable religious objects and treasures, except for the image of the Virgen del Milagro de Lima which was miraculously saved from the flames.

Another entrance is for the sanctuary, called "Santuario de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad" which first opened in 1604.

The church has an Andalusian Moorish style, with an adjoining convent. The convent, the cloisters and the entrance hall have sculptures, mosaics, and authentic Seville tiles, placed in 1620. The museum of religious art and library are most interesting to see, as well as the catacombs. The museum exhibits objects of silver and gold, and paintings including a beautiful "Last Supper" and scenes from the old testament give testimony to the rich spirit of the church and love for the sacred and divine.

Convento de San Francisco

The cloister is decorated with notable paintings that represent the life of the founder of the Order, San Francisco of Asisi. The convent has a ricj and vast collection of some 25,000 antique books of science and literature, some hundreds of years old. On a tour of the Convent, the library is open to visit as well as the underground galleries of extensive catacombs, beneath the building. The impressive catacombs were used in prior centuries for burials of possibly thousands of people, being a cemetery during Colonial times. There are private chamber-like tombes and many walled pits deep into the earth which served to house the separated bones in an organized manner.

Telf. 427-1381

Location: Block 3 of Jiron Ancash, corner with Jr. Lampa, near the banks of the Rio Rimac river. One block from the Presidential Palace. If facing the front of the palace, turn to your right and walk straight ahead for one block, then turn left for one block along Av. Jr. Lampa. There you will see this beautiful church.

Iglesia de San Pedro

This is a Jesuit Convent of San Pedro, a jewel of Peruvian baroque architecture. Construction began on this church in 1624, and was dedicated in 1638. The church has distinct features of various architectural styles including Baroque, Neoclasical and Renaissance. It is one of the most beautiful in Lima. There are many Colonial period paintings. The side naves have beautiful arcades and gold leaf altars of a very detailed baroque style. Three and a half centuries has been testimony of the love of God that renewed itself once and again with each Eucharist.
There are many altars in the church representing undying richness of the faith, a faith that hopes to meet a life of sainthood in each heart of those who visit them.

The altars of San Ignacio de Loyola and of Santa Lucia are masterpieces and in the two chapels hang beautiful colonial paintings

Monday to Saturday- 7, 8, 9 am.; 12 noon; 6 and 7:30 pm.
Sunday- 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 am.; 12 noon.; 1, 6 and 7:30 pm

Daily- 7 to 12:30pm, 5 to 8 pm
Sunday- 7 to 2pm, 5 to 8 pm

Telf. 428-3010 / 428-3019

Location: Jr. Azangaro 451, corner of Jr. Ucayali. From the front of the Presidential Palace, cross the plaza and walk two blocks, heading away from the palace, to Jr. Ucayali. Then turn left and continue for about two blocks to Av. Jr. Azangaro.

Taxi directions-
"Jirón Azangaro con Jirón Ucayali" Jirón is pronounced "here-ron", and Ucayali as "u-ca-yallie" with the "u" sounding as a short vowel.








Parroquia Corazon de Maria-

This is one of the tallest churches in Lima. Constructed in 1956 in a style of Renaissance Revival. There is a statue of the Virgin Mary on the dome, 10 metres tall, made by a plastic artist, Freddy Luque Sonco, of the city of Arequipa, Peru. This was used instead of a sculpted statue which weighed considerably more than could be safely utilized. That statue is used as an outdoor monument at the end of Av. Brasil (shown in photo).

Chapels of Adoration open to visit:
Monday to Saturday- 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday to Thursday- 7 and 8 a.m.; 6 and 7 p.m.
Friday- 7 and 8 a.m.; 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
Saturday- 7 and 8 a.m.; 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday- 7, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.; 12:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Confessions: during the masses.

Telf.: 461-9523

Location: Jr. 1 de julio 523, with Av. Sucre in Magdalena del Mar.

The dome of this church is visible from Av. La Marina, in the area between the airport and Miraflores. From Av. La Marina, look for the intersection with Av. Sucre. Go west (toward coast) for a few blocks on Av. Sucre to arrive to the church.

Taxi- "la iglesia Corazon de Maria, Avenida Sucre con Jiron uno de Julio en Magdalena." Pronounciation- Jiron "here-ron" - uno "ew-no" ( ew like "pew" without the "p") - Julio "who-leo"


Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd

The Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd is an Anglican/Episcopal church. The church has been serving the English-speaking community of Lima and praising God for over 160 years. The church welcomes you to worship with them and join in their various programs of Christian service. The Church and the Hall are wheelchair accessible.

Sunday schedule of Services in English :
7:30 am - Morning Prayer
8:00 am - Holy Eucharist - Rite l
9:oo am - Adult Forum
10:00 am - Holy Eucharist - Rite ll with music and Sunday School
5:00 pm - Choral Evensong

11.30 am - in Spanish- Holy Eucharist and Sunday School

Wednesday - 9:00 am - Holy Eucharist in Spanish.
Thursday - 6:00 pm
Friday and Saturday - 5:00 pm

Please visit the website for additional service times.

Telf: 51-1- 422-3936
ocation: Av. Santa Cruz 491 (near Ovalo Gutierrez), Miraflores.

Union Church of Lima

A very welcoming church in Lima that offers services in English. An interdenominational Christian church.

Adult Bible Class - 9:15 am to 10:15 am.
Worship in English- 10:30 am.
During the service- nursery for children 0 to 5
Church school for children, elementary to secondary level - 10:15 to 10:55 am.

Friday night:
Youth group and contemporary service - 7 pm.

Telf. 441- 1472

Location: Av. Angamos Oeste 1155, near intersection of Av. Santa Cruz, Miraflores.

Iglesia - Parroquia Santa Maria Reina

This landmark structure is a Roman Catholic church on the Ovalo Gutierrez in Miraflores.

English mass every Sunday at 9:30 am.
Held in the capilla or chapel of Santa Maria, inside the side entrance and to the right.

Monday to Friday- 8 am., 12 noon, 6 and 7 pm.
Saturday- 5 pm, 6 pm.
Sunday- 7:30, 9:00, 10:30, 11:30 am. and 12:30 pm.
Sunday evening- 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 pm.

Telephone: (51-1) 440 -3345 or 442-4328. ext. 101 to 105.

Location: on the traffic circle called Ovalo Gutierrez, where Av. Santa Cruz and Av. Comandante Espinar. Near the border with the San Isidro district. (see "Horario de Misas" - Schedule of Mass)

See Youtube for videos of concerts inside this iconic church.

Iglesia- Virgen de Fátima

Also called "Nuestra Señora de Fátima"

This church is not as old as others, but is one of the most active in serving its community. It was constructed in 1952, and continued to grow its good works, thanks to the wise leadership of its priests. The church

Over thirty years ago, this church thought to begin serving the children, and started programs for youth, including scouts, social projects and soccer and volleyball fields. Each Sunday, the young people sell products they make, as fundraising for the youth groups. The church began serving breakfast to children of their school. Later, the priests added a soup kitchen, which serves 200 lunches daily, and space to offer medical and dental social services to the poor, with donated skills of the faithful. Today, the church continues to strengthen the participation of youth in the mission of the church.

Monday to Friday- 7, 9 am.; 6:30 and 7:30 pm.
Sunday: 7:30, 9:30, 11:30 am.; 12:30, 5:30 and 7:30 pm.
Saturday: 7, 9 am.; 5 pm.

Confessions: during the Sunday masses.

Telf. 446-3119

Location: Malecón Armendáriz 350, along the coast of Miraflores. The cross street is Av. Vasco Nuñez Balboa. The church is about three blocks south of the LarcoMar shopping mall.

Virgen Milagrosa

Nice church at the Kennedy park or "Parque Kennedy" near the cafes and shops. Near weekly art and crafts exhibits.

Monday to Friday: 9 am., 7 pm.
Saturday: 9 am, 12 noon, 6 and 7 pm.
Sunday: 7, 9:30, 11 am., 12 noon, 6, 7 and 8 pm.

Confessions: Monday to Friday at 7 p.m., and during the Sunday masses.

Telf. 444-2212

Location: Calle Lima 345, at Parque Kennedy in Miraflores, along Av. Larco.


Iglesia- Parroquia (Parish) San Miguel Arcángel

Catholic church known for its popular Priest who was involved in the founding of a national tv channel to unite the church in Peru. He is also known for prayer healing where people come from near and far to ask for healing or tell of their recovery or thankfulness.

Monday to Friday- 7 am.; 6 and 7 pm. Saturday- 7 am.; 6 and 7 pm.
Sunday: 7:30 and 10:30 am.; 12 noon; 5, 6:30 and 8 pm.
Confessions: During the masses.

Telf.: 451-6460 / 464-6386

Location: Av. Los Precursores 501, in the Maranga section of San Miguel. The Av. Precursores is the major crossroad of Av. Faucett, to the east of Av. La Marina. Go south on Av. Precursores for about 5 blocks. The church is on the right, next to the high rise building of its television studio.
(the zoo is near here, further along Av. Precursores)

NOTE- For the schedule of Mass at other Catholic churches in Lima

Visit this website of the Archdiocese of Lima, and click on Horario de Misas, then select a city-district, to see churches by location -

Jewish Temples & Worship in Lima


Sociedad de Beneficencia Israelita 1870

Av. Libertad 375, Magdalena district. Near intersection of Avenida Sucre and Avenida Jeron Cuzco.

Telephone- 51-1- 445-1089 or 224-2370

Webpage on directory of-



Chabad Lubavitch de Peru
Avenida Salaverry 3075, San Isidro district.

Telephone- 51-1-264-6060

Sociedad De Beneficencia Israelita Sefaradi
Avenida Augusto Bolognesi 201

Telephone- 51-1-264-2078


Museum of the Community Jewish of Peru
(Museo de la Comunidad Judia del Peru)

Monday to Thursday- 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday- 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Telephone- 51-1- 421-3684 / 421-3688.


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