Thursday, June 28, 2012

Las Tapadas de Maravillas

The post office (and a plea for rain).

As part of Jirón Ancash de Maravillas, Jade paints a typical criollo character of Lima history-- las tapadas. These were women who, in colonial times, had to be covered, and many people in Barrios Altos got the reference right away (while, for me, it looked very Middle-Eastern).

Lots of glass cabinet places on this block, for some reason.

Unfortunately this guy couldn't run around with the pack because of a broken foot.

Further up Ancash Avenue is la Iglesia Santa Clara, which can be seen in the background. Jirón Ancash was once a glorious avenue where goods came in from the mountains through the city gates and churches, convents, markets and plantations lined the streets. A church named maravillas, marvels, is located just past where the gates were, and this inspired the name of our initiative, Jirón Ancash de Maravillas. Despite the lowered living conditions, it remains a bustling and culturally lively place in Lima history.

The final touch.

The mural is just a few blocks from the Congress building, and Jade inserted his own commentary about the current tapadas.

A common site in Lima's center.

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