Presbitero Maestro Cemetery

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Cementerio Presbitero Maestro

Presbitero Maestro Cemetery

The Presbitero Maestro Cemetery was built between 1805 and 1808 on the former outskirts of Lima and was the first municipal cemetery in Latin America. This impressive and beautiful historical Sanctuary houses the final resting places of many historical important personalities, but is still in use. The neoclassical complex contains the largest collection of 19th century European marble sculptures in Latin America. It's absolutely worth seeing!

Presbitero Maestro Cemetery - Cementerio Presbitero Maestro in Lima

The Cementerio Presbitero Maestro, Lima's first municipal cemetery

Presbitero Maestro Cemetery in Lima

"Avenida" at Lima's outstanding burial ground, the Presbitero Maestro Cemetery

Presbitero Maestro Cemetery - Cementerio Presbitero Maestro in Lima

Presbitero Maestro Cemetery in Lima

Presbitero Maestro Cemetery - Cementerio Presbitero Maestro in Lima

Mausoleum and marple statue at the Presbitero Maestro Cemetery in Lima

Presbitero Maestro Cemetery in Lima by night

A night tour of the Presbitero Maestro Cemetery is really worth doing

The cemetery covers an area of 25,000 m². It has 6 magnificent main gates and over 220,000 people found their final resting place at this outstanding burial ground. Although the Presbitero Maestro Cemetery was declared a National Historic Monument in 1972 the sculptures and the impressive mausoleums are threatened by natural aging, air pollution, pressure of the growing population and unfortunately by vandalism. At least the Public Beneficence Society of Lima tries to preserve this jewel of peace with a very tight budget. Several city tour operator in Lima offer guided visits to the cemetery. 

General Info

Street: Calle Ancash, block 16-20 (Av. Cementerio)
Info: Barrios Altos
District: City Center
City: Lima
Region: Lima

Visitors Details

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 08.00 am to 05.00 pm
Opening Hours: Thur as well in the evening
Opening Hours Info: Guided night (!) tours are offered

Comments  

#Brett2014-05-09 10:06
Do you need to take a tour or can you visit alone?
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#Eva - Editor2014-05-09 21:26
For visiting at day time you can enter without a group. The night visits are with a tour only.
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#mel2016-06-27 20:38
I'm very interested in visiting the cemetery. I have a few questions:

1) Is the fee for a tour or an entrance fee?

2) Can we just wander inside on our own without a tour during the day?

3) Is it relatively safe to walk there from the Metro station all the way around the perimeter? I understand only 1 gate is open these days, all the way around.

Any info would be most appreciated!!! :)))
m
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#Talia - Limaeasy2016-06-27 22:25
Hello, these are the answers for your questions:

1) There is no entrance fee.
2) You can wander around inside, besides being a museum it is still a cementery.
3) I'm not sure about the safety, but if you want to go by yourself, try not to call too much attention to yourself.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy your visit!
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#mel2016-06-27 23:03
Hello! Thank you for the useful info! Maybe I will just take a taxi there and back! Thank you so much again! :)
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