Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas (Iglesia de las Nazarenas) Tours

Located in Lima’s historical district, the Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas isn’t the largest church, but it’s one of the city’s most beloved buildings for the painting that lies inside. With its soaring façade and pastel exterior, the building contributes to the colonial feel that’s so prominent in this old part of town, and was built in 1771 after a major earthquake destroyed many of Lima’s original buildings. For all its external beauty, however, it’s the Cristo Moreno painting that has brought it to international fame. Painted by a freed, African slave in the middle of the 17th century, it has miraculously made it through devastating earthquakes and escaped completely unscathed. As the church is dedicated to Lord of Miracles—the patron saint of Lima—the painting’s survival is seen as a physical manifestation of miracles, and when it isn’t hanging behind the main altar, it’s the center of a festival where thousands of revelers parade through the streets of old town. You can visit the church independently, or as part of a half-day, guided tour that visits Lima’s sanctuaries.

Insider's Tip: The festival usually takes place on October 18th and 28th. Crowds are heavy, but if you’re visiting Lima during these dates, and want to attend the festival, be sure to bring some purple clothing and prepare to be there the whole day.

Practical Info

The Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas is on the western end of Lima’s historical district. Dress code is semi-formal.
Location
Address: Jirón Huancavelica 515, Lima, Peru
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Hours: Open daily from 6am-12pm and 4-8pm.
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Sanctuaries of Lima Half-Day Tour

Tick off more of Lima’s scared buildings in less time on this 4-hour tour of three significant sanctuaries. Alongside your guide, you’ll visit the Church and Sanctuary of Saint Rose of Lima, and the Monastery of Santa Domingo, where two saints are laid to rest. See, too, the Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas, whose pastel exterior harbors the beloved 17th-century ‘Cristo Moreno' painting, and learn about Lima’s religious heritage. All entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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4 days tours in 'Lima city of the kings' with culture and gastronomy

Your sightseeing tour explores the modern districts of Lima and its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. As you wander the main plaza and Plaza San Martin it is hard not to wonder about its diverse architecture. Your guide will introduce you to the city’s architectural heritage. You then proceed to Santo Domingo Monastery boasting fine carved choir stalls, the oldest of Lima. It was here that San Marcos University, the first in South America, was founded in 1551. Your next stop is at the Larco Herrera Museum. The collection allows the understanding of 3,000 years of the Peruvian pre-Columbian history in an intuitive way. Its masterpieces are considered worldwide icons of pre-Inca art and have been displayed in the world's most renowned museums.
  • Duration: 4 days
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  • Duration: 4 days
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7 Days Lima Express, Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour

Don't miss the opportunity to see the most iconic places in Peru including Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in 7 days!
  • Duration: 7 days
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  • Duration: 7 days
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