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Callao was founded in 1537, It is the main port for Peru, and a port of call and port of entry for Lima and the rest of the country. Callao features colonial mansions, the Plaza Gálvez and Plaza Grau squares and the Iglesia Matriz church.
Callao does contain a few very notable museums, which will suit anyone wanting to learn more about the city's rich military and naval past. Located within the historical fortress of the Fortaleza del Real Felipe is Callao's Military Museum, which is known locally as the Museo Del Ejército and is home to various military and weaponry artefacts chronicling the history of the army of Peru.The maritime history of Callao and Lima can be found within the Museo Naval, the Navy Museum is brimming with war relics, many of which relate to battles with the Spanish and Chilean navies, who attacked this part of Peru on several occasions. A number of small art galleries are located around Callao and Lima, offering a good choice of paintings, and various handicrafts, jewellery and items of clothing are also in abundance.
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