The history of Lima, City of the Kings, dates back to the 16th Century. Ever since its Spanish founding and during the Vice-Royal era in Peru it has been a political and cultural centre of the highest order on the New Continent. The proof is in the Historic Centre, with its churches, convents, and stately homes with elegant balconies in a variety of styles, such as Renaissance, Baroque and neo-Classical.
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 became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 1991, the Historic Centre of Lima received the same accolade.