It might not live up to the splendour of the past, but Lima is much more than a stopping point on the way to the Inca Trail and the Amazon. Formerly one of the most important cities in the Spanish empire, today it’s a jumble of modern architecture and urban sprawl beneath near-perpetual grey skies. But with nearly 10 million inhabitants, around a third of the whole country, this nearly 500-year-old city is the undisputed heart of Peru.
The capital of Perú celebrates this year (January 18) 480 years of its Spanish Foundation in 1535. César Fajardo shows us the city through his photography as a gift for its anniversary.
As he states: “With these images I want to show the other side of down-town of Lima, space that in the past was considered the City of Kings and now has become the City of the Commons. Nowadays, the cracks on their walls serve to improvise toy cars, its walls are used to colouring cityscapes, mansions have become home to the most needy and improvisation is the protagonist of the street”.
An interesting approach.
Happy anniversary Lima!