Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru, founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Its territory used to house important centers of the Ink Empire. Today Lima is a large city with the population approaching 8 million people. In old times it was called “the City of the Kings”. It is the place with grand palaces and luxurious mansions of Spanish noblemen, the Viceroy Palace and other buildings that give Lima its unique charm of colonial epoch existing today. Its central square, Plaza de Armas, is one of the liveliest places of the city. All museums reflecting the colonial past are located here. But the most popular among tourists are aristocratic districts located in Lima’s suburbs — Miraflores and San Isidro, featuring beautiful bunds, restaurants with the views of the Pacific Coast, and cozy houses surrounded by lush greenery and bright flowers of hyacinths and bougainvilleas.