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Santo Domingo

The oldest convent: Santo Domingo was conceived with the city but its founder was not Pizarro; it was a friar named Tomas de San Martin, later to become Preceptor Prior of the Dominican Order.

In 1730 the greater or "general" hall was built; a work of art later to form one of the city's more unified ornamental groups. Across its walls stretches a severe pad of shingles alternating with "mensulas" and veneer conches in the vanes. The setting is complemented by beautiful carved furniture and the polychromes of a series of paintings of the Cuzco School portraying the life of Santo Tomas de Aquino. As in all convents, Santo Domingo - located between 'jirones' Lima and Camana - is a sort of city inside the city; and it comprises a succession of cloisters and yards which are surrounded by service areas and communal rooms.

Adjacent to Santo Domingo and some time after its foundation, a church was to be built which, since 1680, only preserves the mass of its original structure. Its tower is a highly original work of art and is believed to have been designed by Viceroy Amat circa 1764.

At the right hand side of the Main Altar of the church, at the foot of a "retablo", rest the remains of Santa Rosa de Lima (St. Rose of Lima), of San Martin de Porras and those of Beatified Juan Masias. Also to be seen there is the reposing image of Saint Rose, patron saint of Lima, sculpted in 1661 by Melchor Caffa.


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