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Main Square, Cathedral of Lima

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It was here at this spot that Francisco Pizarro founded the city of Lima on January 18th, 1535. Around its perimeter sit famous and  grand buildings, like the Government Palace, City Hall, Cathedral, Archbishop's Palace.

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