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Day 2 - After visiting the Cathedral we walked to some narrow streets filled with nice but decayed colonial buildings with carved wood balconies.To reach San Francis Monastery we have to pass on the side street of the Governement Palace and turn to the right. Very few commerce still subsist in this area, some traditional shoes stores and a souvenir shop here a cheap restaurat there. Most of the shops seem to be closed and the uppper part inhabited by low income families. The stone carvings on the church's front door's porch are beautyfull and the yellow color contrasts well with the stone tones. It's the better preserved colonial building in Lima, once it resisted to the two big earthquakes. Paintings and Sevilhan ceramique piles decorate the cloitre's walls. It's architecture style is a mix of baroque and muslim elements and dates back from 1672. It's famuos for it's extense galeries of underground cripts (something about 70.000 tumbs) and one of the most important library of ancient books in Latin America (a collection of 25.000 books). The entrance fee is 5 soles (about 1,50US max) and included a guided tour (english and spanish available). The view from the small library's window over Plaza de Armas is stunning and if you're more courageous them I was, you may ask permition to take a picture. (Pictures are not allowed on the inside part of the monastery such as the library, but can be taken on the cloitre and garden.
While we waited our guided tour I put myself hidden behind the window to look at the many doves 'dancing' aroung the locals that passes by or the turists posing to the Polaroid Photographers at the little square in front of the church. I manage to catch this boy posing for his polaroid picture. He fed the doves and them cast tham way for the picture. As I couldn't decide which to post and I found interesting the idea of showing the doves mouvement around the guy I decided to combine them. The day was quite fog as usual in Lima at this period, so the light was not ideal. What do you think? Should I have posted separate? Witch one of the shots do you preffer?

On the workshop you can see the catacombs entrance. If you want to check the catacombs itself go to JC RAMOS picture about the theme. For the streets around see Vanessa's picture.

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