Presbitero Maestro

Presbitero Maestro, Lima

Presbitero Maestro
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Also called "Noches de Luna Llena", this is the oldest cemetery in South America and night tours are offered through Turibus and a few other agencies. It is operated by SBLM and is a top tourist attraction in Lima.
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AsIff
Indianapolis, IN90 contributions
Beautiful
May 2019 • Couples
I love cemeteries...the history the statues and the stories. I wanted to book a tour but we were unable to our last day in Lima. We ended up getting a car from our hotel and he waited on us while we were in the cemetery. Not realizing it was mother's day the area was packed with people. Flowers being sold everywhere. When we walked into the gates I was getting my camera out of my backpack and quickly told I couldn't take photos. Best guess was for privacy of the people bringing in flowers. I was able to sneak a few photos with my cell phone none with people in them ( I don't like photos with people typically anyway ) The place is huge. Beautiful statues and mausoleums, rows and rows of crypts and an amazing centerpiece building that was locked up. Absolutely worth a look if you have time. The tours I found out are usually done in the evening. Again best guess for the privacy of mourners. Every cemetery we go in we are very respectful of where we are.
Written May 18, 2019
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rebecca7894
Cleveland, OH93 contributions
Worth a visit if you're not weirded out by cemeteries
Jul 2018 • Friends
I really enjoyed walking through this cemetery--it's visually interesting and the mausoleums are very dramatic. Although this place is pretty far off the beaten path from Barranco and Miraflores, it's worth a visit if you have time. Note that there are still people being buried here with a mix of cultures, etc. There is currently a small exhibit featuring post-mortem "memento mori" photos of children.
Written July 10, 2018
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murdochl
Lima, Peru57 contributions
Presbitero Maestro is a cemetery in Lima, the capital city of Peru. It is also a museum
Oct 2016
The cemetery was not finished until 1807, thanks to the efforts of the Priest Matías Maestro. This multifaceted man, born in Vitoria (Spain) in 1776, came to Peru by the end of the 18th century to start a new business. In 1793, he became a Catholic Priest and since then he dedicated himself to “renewing” the churches and altarpieces with the latest fashion style: Neoclassical. He became General Director of Lima’s Public Beneficence Society in 1826 and died on January 7, 1835.
Written April 26, 2017
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lifecity
Ottawa, Canada216 contributions
peaceful part of Lima
Dec 2015
First time at Lima, as many visited Lima in the past. The city is messed and dirty. The traffic is very bad. The air is polluted. On the last day at lima after 2 nights stayed, I decided to come here. Actually the entrance is right near the subway station. Here is the tip. The gate is METAL HUGE one. I missed that and kept walking around the wall.. and end up with side exits. so, even you go in, the people worked in the park will bring you all the way to the entrance to buy ticket, especially you have camera on you. The grave yard is divided by big street.. one is new section for regular families.. and the other side with more art works in it which on left hand side.. where you can see the dorm.. both side ask you pay something, but just go to the famous people one is good enough. I went there in the day time and walking around. IT'S HOT, you are under the sun all the time. I don't feel this park is scary.. and if you don't mind walking here and take photos, it could be fun also. this park is big if you want to walk around. 2-3 hours needed. The subway to here is ok and easy. but avoid walking too far from the station. it's not safe as I have been told, don't show your camera out. the park officer even ask me to put the camera in the backpack before going out of gate. this is a unique place to visit if you don't know what to do in lima.
Written February 23, 2016
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Mario M
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile189 contributions
Michael Jackson and it Thriller are just around the corner
Oct 2015 • Business
Great pleace to visit, and if you want to add a pinch of thrill, do it at night. Historic place where more than 68 Peruvian presidents are resting, it has some unique features that make it worth the visit, the mausoleum of the fat people, the area of the unborn children, the area of those who committed suicide, and the list goes on and on. Place for 200,000 souls contains the history of Peru, beautiful mausoleums, is the most ancient cemetery in Latin America. Try to do it on a tour, if not, get a guide at the cemetery, they will tell you where to look
Written January 14, 2016
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xochitl
Lima, Peru19,826 contributions
If you like cementaries
Aug 2014
If you like cementaries, this is the one you needto visit. Its historical and very old. Grave sites are very nice.
Written June 2, 2015
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Potomac
Washington DC, DC93 contributions
A must seen place
Apr 2013 • Business
Buenos Aires' Recoleta cementary is a must in every trip to Bs. Aires. Yet, Presbitero Maestro is hardly known by foreigners, and even some locals. It is, though, an extraordinary piece of art and history. Walking among graves of national peruvian heros, you'll find astonishing sculptures. Only problem is that it is not located in a very safe, nice area: easy solution, arrange a trusted taxi to take you there and arrange a time (1 hour is normally enough) to pick you up back at the main gate.
Written July 18, 2013
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airlink9972
Memphis, TN1,833 contributions
Cemetery tour worth a visit while in Lima
Apr 2013 • Solo
I love visiting cemeteries. Often they are a great way to enjoy the artwork and symbolism.
It was hard to find a tour to Presbitero Mastro, but if you want to visit, do so with HAKU tours!
Two pieces of advice, keep up with the admission ticket. Several times while in the cemetery, was stopped and asked to see the ticket. The reason why is there has been damage and vandals in the cemetery and the current groundkeepers want to make sure that no harm is done. The second thing is to wait to pull your camera out after going inside the cemetery and not near the entrance (according to guides, the groundkeepers will some time want to charge you).
The tomb stones are truly amazing. The work that went into some of the graves will amaze you.
There is even a section where those who were tall and larger than average are buried.
There are over 20 Peruvian presidents buried here.
The hall of hero is amazing! It's only opened in limited times, but still peek inside to admire the greatness.
If you want to view a different side of Lima past history, this is a must!
Written May 4, 2013
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Larojasandra
Lima, Peru32 contributions
Like in a terror movie
I had the opportunity to see a presentation here, it was great! all the actors were preforming in the middle of the cemetery, it was one of the most vivid thing I have ever lived.
Written January 8, 2013
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lj0
Washington DC186 contributions
Interesting history
Oct 2012 • Friends
If you have the time and are downtown, this is an interesting place to visit. I reluctantly went on a tour and enjoyed it. Beautiful tomb stones and much recent Peruvian history is here.
Written December 29, 2012
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