Take a tour around Peru's historic treasures

30th Apr 2013

Tourists can take a trip around the treasures of Peru's rich and varied past all under the same roof.

Larco Museum is situated in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century constructed over a seventh century pre-Columbian pyramid in Lima.

It showcases incredible chronological galleries giving an instructive overview on 3,000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.

The museum, founded in 1926, features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the South American country's most visited tourist attractions.

Holidaymakers on city breaks to Lima can enter the storage area with its 45,000 classified archaeological objects.

Its masterpieces are worldwide icons of Pre-Columbian art, after being exhibited around the globe.

Favourite permanent exhibitions are the Cultures Hall and the Gold & Jewellery Hall. The former highlights the great diversity of cultures that existed in pre-Columbian Peru. They span from 7,000 years BC until the absolute decadence of indigenous art resulting from the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. The latter is divided into four sections: North Coast, Centre, South and cultures from the highlands.

The Gold & Jewellery Hall exhibits the beauty and durability of metals which gave these objects an almost divine worth.

They allowed the Incas to go beyond mere economic value to poetically define their religion, their cosmological world and even their own genealogy.

These beautiful objects transformed from metal into beautiful adornments to be offered to their gods and worn by religious leaders.

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