Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru and the third-largest city in the Americas, behind São Paulo and Mexico City.
Lima is home to one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the New World. The National University of San Marcos, founded in 1551, during the Spanish colonial empire, is the first officially established and the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas.
Nowadays the city is considered as the political, cultural, financial and commercial center of the country. Internationally, it is one of the thirty most populated urban agglomerations in the world. Due to its geostrategic importance, it has been defined as a “beta” city.
These beautiful color pics were taken by Chris Protopapas during his first photography expedition, working on a Greek freighter that show street scenes of Lima in summer 1974.
|Lima. Museo de los Monstruos, Peru, 1974|
|Lima, Peru, 1974|
|Lima. Chevy, Peru, 1974|
|Lima. Chicken Store, Peru, 1974|
|Lima. Courtyard, Peru, 1974|