First we went on this hill to view the city. I had never realized how IMMENSE Lima really is! The city itself is alright, you can go by the water which is nice, but some areas I probably will never end up going to. The hill where we were had a special view, not only did you see the whole city, but on one side of the hill you could see rich houses and apartments, with green grass and football fields. The other side however, was full of garbage and small houses made of cardboard. The people that live on this side normally the workers that have to walk all the way to the other side to work for the owners of the new, pretty, rich houses. This made me kind of sad, but it is reality and it only makes me more grateful for the things that I have.
Our next destination was the center ofLima; the main plaza is huge and there is the cathedral and a government building right by it. All other buildings are bright yellow. We went to theSan Franciscochurch. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991; being one of the most important places of the city. Unfortunately pictures were not allowed but I managed to find some on the internet. The library I think was the most impressive: It was not only beautiful, but also contains 25 000 books in various languages, some of which pre date the conquest. However, this church is famous mainly for its catacombs, which were used until 1808. The catacombs were only discovered in 1943 by archaeologists. It is estimated that about 10,000-15,000 people were imprisoned and died under the church. The guide brought us down there, but we only got to see a fraction of the tunnels, catacombs, bones and rooms; which was fine by me as it was scary and a little disturbing.