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Santo Domingo Church and Convent Lima

Impressive colonial architecture, with its baroque façade and rich artistic heritage inside.

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The temple stands out for the simplicity of its façade that contrasts with its magnificent rococo style tower. In its interior are preserved several remarkable sculptures such as the image of Santa Rosa, by Melchor Caffa (XVII century), a Christ from the school of Juan Bautista Vásquez and the Virgin of the Rosary by Roque de Badulaque (XVII century).


Located at the intersection of Jirones Conde de Superunda and Camaná.


Bell Tower:

The first one was destroyed during the earthquake of October 28, 1746. The current tower was conceived and designed by Viceroy Manuel Amat y Junient in 1766 in the rococo style, being octagonal in the lower part. It is divided into a lower body called cube and two high bodies with small balconies on corbels. At the top is the sculpture known as the Angel of Fame. The total height is 46 meters. Its original color is white and pink, becoming the most characteristic and striking element of the religious complex.


In the choir of the church is what is considered the oldest choir stalls in the country. Worked entirely in cedar wood brought from Nicaragua, it is of Renaissance style, with mannerist elements. It has two sets of chairs: the one on the first level was sculpted at the same time, with the design based on the old one. The originals are in the back, with carvings of saints and other biblical characters on the back. In the central part of the choir stalls is the main seat of the Prior of the convent, with carvings of Saint Dominic of Guzman and Saint Francis of Assisi, founders of the Dominicans and Franciscans, respectively. The choir stalls were carved by several artists.


The enclosure is formed by three naves, of which the lateral ones are composed by chapels in which several altarpieces are located. By the lateral cover from left to right we find the following altarpieces or altars: On the side of the Gospel, the altarpieces of San Jacinto de Polonia, San José, Santo Domingo de Guzmán and Nuestra Señora del Rosario; and on the side of the Epistle those of the Peruvian Saints, the Aminas, Santo Tomás de Aquino, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Chapel of the Señor de la Justicia and the Chapel of the Cofradía del Rosario.


The altar is in neoclassical style with turquoise and gold decoration.


Hours of operation:
Every day from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and.

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