On the east side of the Plaza Mayor is one of the most important buildings in Lima: the cathedral. Right next door, almost fused with him, is the palace of the Archbishop. The cathedral belongs as an institution to the oldest Limas, it is said that the founder of the city, Francisco Pizarro, brought on January 18, 1535 the first stone on his shoulders.
A symbolic act, because not only Catholicism in Peru was consolidated with a physical building, but also established the main square as an ideal center of the city – in the same year, the construction of the government palace, other important buildings followed .
Lima was raised in 1541 in the archbishopric. The first episcopal palace, however, was not in the church, but at the other end of the Plaza Mayor. Next to the church were located a police station and the first jail in the city.
The current building of the archiepiscopal palace dates from 1924. The construction reveals the efforts to make the historic center of Lima look architecturally homogeneous. This homogeneity is expressed in the fact that the buildings combine several period styles. The reason for this are the earthquakes that have afflicted Lima since its foundation. The damaged buildings were restored in the style of each moment. The Archbishop’s Palace, although more recent, intentionally continues this tradition, if you can call it that.