The Plaza de Armas of downtown Trujillo has four very distinct corners, and even though the Trujillo Cathedral only occupies one, its stoic presence and yellow façade give Trujillo its Colonial air. When Spanish conquistadores first arrived in Peru, Trujillo was chosen as a major site from which they would expand their reach on the continent. The Trujillo Cathedral—built in 1616—was a site of major religious importance for the invading Spanish, and is one of the oldest Catholic structures found anywhere in Peru.
From the outside, the twin bell towers of the Trujillo Cathedral tower of the Plaza de Armas, and when illuminated at night they create a charming outline to Trujillo’s historic city center. Though large earthquakes destroyed the Cathedral on multiple different occasions, the Cathedral today boasts Baroque and Racoco altarpieces and an exhibit of religious art. Once finished walking through the Cathedral and staring upwards at the vaulted interior, tour the catacombs of the Cathedral museum and peruse the paintings of John the Baptist and colonial period carvings.