Like so many churches in the city, it is separated from the pedestrian plaza by a street. The Carmelite Order, one of the many religious groups that settled in Lima since the conquest of Peru by Francisco Pizarro, was the founding father of this particular construction project.
Actually, the church should have been named in honor of the patron saint of the Carmelites, the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, but at the suggestion of the Archbishop of Lima, she dedicated herself to San José, the patron saint of Peru, because until then he He had not received any place, where he was especially worshiped. On your visit to Lima, you will pass, intentionally or not, through the most diverse churches, all of which are special in their own way. The Church of San José is one of them.