This panoramic photograph of Lima, Peru, taken by an unknown photographer, probably dates from the 1870s. “Panoramic” photographs employ a variety of techniques to create a wide angle of view. This panoramic view is comprised of five photographs spliced together to provide a broader image than would be practical with a single photograph. Lima was founded by the Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro in 1535. In the 16th and 17th centuries, it was the center of Spanish rule in South America. Today it is the largest city and capital of Peru.

Last updated: August 13, 2014