Like I mentioned yesterday, my parents and I recently went on a trip to Piura. One of the most famous Peruvian heroes was born in this province: Miguel Grau. He participated in the War of the Pacific (1879-1883) in which he bravely fought against the Chilean navy in spite of the latter’s superiority. Grau, who was known as The Gentleman of the Seas because of his gentlemanly gestures towards the enemies he defeated, died on October 8th 1879 during the Naval Battle of Angamos.
Since he was born in Paita, a port located 35 miles away from Piura, his name can be found everywhere in this province: for instance, Miguel Grau is one of the most important avenues in Piura’s downtown and there’s a round square named after him some blocks away from the cathedral.
This is a view of Grau Avenue from a lateral entrance of the cathedral:
As you can see, Christmas decorations have invaded Piura! Moreover, in the background one can notice the round square I just mentioned: