Pueblo Libre district of Lima

Pueblo Libre: Small but fine

Pueblo Libre: Small but fine

Lima’s districts: Pueblo Libre – from the intersection to the culturally significant district

Pueblo Libre is one of the most interesting districts of Lima and, however, it is often underestimated. Wrong, because it has many small parks, some of the buildings are from the colonial and republican times. Throughout the centuries, Pueblo has come a long way: the district is mainly residential, however, it is home to some of the best places of interest in Lima.

The meaning of Pueblo Libre

Those who wanted to travel to Lima from the port city of Callao in past times inevitably came through Pueblo Libre. Back in the days of the Incas, when neither Callao nor Lima existed as such, there was a certain intersection where travelers made portraits requesting the protection of the gods for their journey. This custom was abolished by the Spaniards, in the place was built the Cruz del Viajero, the cross of the travelers. It was said to have been erected by the Franciscans as part of their missionary mission in 1672 and imported from Spaniards. The tradition of making crosses for the travelers at the intersections of the country came from Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of Peru and founder of Lima. Today, the cross stands for the travelers at the intersection of Avenida Manuel Cipriano Dulante and Av. Antonio José de Sucre

Other places of interest and activities in Pueblo Libre

Pueblo Libre is best known for its art markets. Two are located on Avenida La Marina. Stroll through the stalls and see what the local crafts have to offer. But do not forget to bargain! Among the parks is Plaza Bolívar Park, a place where local people like to meet at night to talk, walk and play chess. One of the oldest churches in Lima is located in Pueblo Libre: the Church of Santa María Magdalena. The first version of the church was built in 1557, a few years after the founding of Lima. However, he knew the fate of many buildings in Lima. That is, over the centuries, the church was repeatedly damaged by earthquakes and rebuilt. Worth seeing is, above all, the baroque high altar, as well as the eight with side altars covered with gold leaf.

Museums

Two of Lima’s most important museums are in Pueblo Libre. That means, of course, if you are interested in the cultural heritage of the country. One is the Museo Nacional de Arqueología Antropología e Historia del Perú. It is located in a colonial building at Park Plaza Bolivar. The museum impresses with its architecture – bright galleries open into the planted courtyard. The collection itself is just as great. Life-size scenes give visitors a taste of the life of pre-Hispanic cultures. There are ceramics of the Nazca, Inka and Moche, as well as metal products: gold headdresses, drinking vessels and sculptures.

The second important museum is the Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera. Here you will find ceramics, gold jewelry and textiles. The most popular part of the collection among visitors is the erotic ceramics of the Moche. The special feature of the museum is that the camp is open to the public, another 30,000 finds are housed there. A small but fine museum is the home of the Peruvian artist Julia Codesido, a Costumbrista artist. Costumbrismo designates the literary as well as other artistic representation of the everyday life. The Casa Museo Julia Codesido exhibits works by the artist, you can also visit the gardens where Julia Codesido painted.

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Two of Lima’s most important museums are in Pueblo Libre. That means, of course, if you are interested in the cultural heritage of the country. One is the Museo Nacional de Arqueología Antropología e Historia del Perú. It is located in a colonial building at Park Plaza Bolivar. The museum impresses with its architecture – bright galleries open into the planted courtyard. The collection itself is just as great. Life-size scenes give visitors a taste of the life of pre-Hispanic cultures. There are ceramics of the Nazca, Inka and Moche, as well as metal products: gold headdresses, drinking vessels and sculptures.

The second important museum is the Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera. Here you will find ceramics, gold jewelry and textiles. The most popular part of the collection among visitors is the erotic ceramics of the Moche. The special feature of the museum is that the camp is open to the public, another 30,000 finds are housed there. A small but fine museum is the home of the Peruvian artist Julia Codesido, a Costumbrista artist. Costumbrismo designates the literary as well as other artistic representation of the everyday life. The Casa Museo Julia Codesido exhibits works by the artist, you can also visit the gardens where Julia Codesido painted.

Hotels and Accommodation

Despite its sights, Pueblo Libre is not the district where visitors often stay overnight. There is a choice of hotels in different price ranges, but not as many as in other districts, for example Miraflores or Barranco. Nevertheless, it is worth to look in the pretty, small district, before you decide for one of the more touristy areas.

Pueblo Libre district
Population: 79400
Area: 4,38 km²
Height: 90 m
Municipalidad

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