Saturday, November 14, 2009

Old Lima Main Square

These pictures of Old Lima and the Lima Main Square and Plaza de Armas were taken Wednesday, November 11, 2009. We had the opportunity to tour Old Lima with the North American missionaries who have been in the MTC for three weeks, half of their MTC training in Lima. The Latins and "older" North American missionaries had left for their mission fields. The Cathedral just above is Cathedral San Francisco (Franciscans), built and rebuilt in the 17th and 18th Centuries. It has suffered damage from three major earthquakes. One of the pictures shows the damaged wall and burned tower. An English speaking Peruvian guided us through the cathedral and the catacombs beneath the cathedral where the bones of some 29,000 lie in artistic design. The library, which houses an original Guttenberg Bible, could be a scene taken from Harry Potter. The other, more ornate cathedral is dedicated to Mary and is a Dominican cathedral. The birds and the families gathered on the steps of the cathedral reminded us of the feed-the-birds scene in the movie Mary Poppins. The ornate building with the Peru flag is the government building on the square.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Suzie, Great PIX, especially that porta potty in the middle of nowhere. I loved seeing pictures of Christmas in Lima. I also remembered the CNAs of Brighton Gardens saying their families were all safe from that 08 earthquake. I couldn't bear watching the news as they covered Haiti. We,ve grown up hearing about the "big one"that will happen here. I've got to get us better prepared. Well on that note, I loved your blog but must send Mike a belated birthday email while I'm thinking about it. Love, Linda