Ever since its Spanish founding and during the Viceroyalty of Peru, Lima, City of Kings, has been a political and cultural centre of the first order on the new continent. The proof is in the Historic Centre, where centuries-old churches, convents, and stately homes with elegant balconies have been preserved, representing renaissance, baroque, neoclassical, and other contemporary styles.
At every turn, the city reveals a unique combination of the modern and the historic, highlighting the preservation of its gastronomic, musical, dance, and other artistic traditions.
In 1988, the Convent of San Francisco was inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Historic Centre of Lima received the same recognition in 1991.