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
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.
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
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
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.
- 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")
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.
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.
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.
cuadra cinco de Jirón de la Unión, con Avenida Miro Quesada."
Pronounciation- Jiron - "here-ron", Miro Quesada -
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
Saturday: 9 am.
Sunday: 11 am. Celebrated by the Archbishop of Lima, Cardenal
Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne.
Confessions during the Sunday mass.
the plaza, to the right of the Palacio del Gobierno (Presidential
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.
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
Santo Domingo and Convent
(also called "Basilica de Nuestra Senora
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.
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.
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
Another entrance is for the sanctuary, called "Santuario
de Nuestra Senora de la Soledad" which first opened in
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Location: Jr. 1 de julio 523, with Av. Sucre in Magdalena del
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"
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
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
visit the website for additional service times.
Telf: 51-1- 422-3936
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.
Youth group and contemporary service - 7 pm.
Av. Angamos Oeste 1155, near intersection of Av. Santa Cruz,
- 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.
on the traffic circle called Ovalo Gutierrez, where Av. Santa
Cruz and Av. Comandante Espinar. Near the border with the San
www.ParroquiaSantaMariaReina.org (see "Horario de Misas"
- Schedule of Mass)
See Youtube for videos of concerts inside this iconic church.
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.
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.
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
Location: Calle Lima 345, at Parque Kennedy in Miraflores, along
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
Monday to Friday- 7 am.; 6 and 7 pm. Saturday- 7 am.; 6 and
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
Visit this website of the Archdiocese of Lima, and click on
Horario de Misas, then select a city-district, to see churches
by location - www.arzobispadodelima.org/
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
on directory of-
Chabad Lubavitch de Peru
Avenida Salaverry 3075, San Isidro district.
Sociedad De Beneficencia Israelita Sefaradi
Avenida Augusto Bolognesi 201
OTHER RESOURCES OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY
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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