Sights

When Alberto Andrade Carmona became Mayor of Lima in 1995, he began a campaign to return the historic centre to its original beauty. This meant ejecting the
ambulantes
(street sellers), cleaning the streets and pavements, and rehabilitating the Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martín. He also mounted a security force called
Serenazgo
to enforce public safety and order, whose members are recognizable by their dark jump-suits, long truncheons and riot gear. The municipality of Lima has also begun a time-consuming balcony restoration project, soliciting businesses and citizens to take on the financial responsibility of a balcony in need. Although many buildings in the centre are not maintained, their architectural beauty and importance is still visible and worth seeing.

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