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Published: June 22nd 2017
Plaza de Armas
The main city square, surrounded by grand buildings.
Geo: -12.1229, -77.0267
Today we had a drive around a couple of city districts. Included an interesting look at the Catacombs of the Church of St Francis (sadly, no photos) and the fascinating Larco Museum of Peruvian, pre-Columbian art.
In three underground levels the Catacombs were used as Limas's cemetery for 250 years from 1540. 70,000 bodies were buried there until a regular cemetery was established. After a few years of organisation and restoration, the Catacombs were opened to the public in 1947. It was a welcome change from looking at ornate churches, and it was well worthwhile creeping through narrow, dimly lit corridors. Apparently there was an extensive 16thC network of tunnels under the city; it's uncertain how much of this network is still accessible.
After a brief rest in our hotel we ventured forth for more exploring on foot until evening.
We have not felt at all concerned about our personal safety on our trip so far. No doubt our hotels are in the better neighbourhoods, but we had many dire warnings of pick-pockets and such before leaving Oz.
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