Colonial Mansions in Lima Downtown
Historical Center of Lima


During the colony an own architectural style was developed. At the beginning with Spanish influence, houses with big porches, balconies and windows with strong Moorish influence. The closed balconies, of Andalusian influence are a stamp of Lima. Viceroy Amat brought the French influence during the XVIII century; constructions with medals, molds, and spirals feminine curved, coffered with wood, all colored in bright colors, blue indigo, yellow, green and the famous pink of great prevalence that today have been recovered.


Colonial Mansions located in the historical center of Lima (Cultural World Heritage Site - UNESCO)


Palacio Torre Tagle

Jiron Ucayali N° 323. Visiting hours: Reservation required through the Ministry of Foreign Relations. Mansion built at the end of the XVII century by José B. Tagle, jewel of the colonial architecture, with prevalence of the Baroque style and Mudejar influence. Its front of carved stone and two beautiful balconies carved in wood, the most beautiful in Lima, in their interior a magnificent sevillian Churrigueresque style patio. On the second floor, the Sala de los Tratados (Treaties Room) is particularly interesting. The main hall is furnished with 18th century pieces. It was acquired by the State, and it is the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Relations.


Casa Goyoneche (Ucayali Street - block 3)

Also know as Casa de Rada, this mansion stands opposite the Palacio Torre Tagle. Dating from the 18th century, its construction shows great French influence, clearly distinguishing it from the Casa de Osambela, built the Spanish baroque style of Andalucía.


Casa de Pilatos (Ancash N° 390, Street)

Built in the XVI century, of simple front, and its portal is a beautiful craft in stone. It possesses two balconies, one in corner and in its interior a monumental stairway. Mournful stories about its owners are known. At the moment it is the headquarters of the National Institute of Culture.


Casa de Aliaga

Jiron De la Union N° 224. Visiting hours: Mon. – Sun. 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Built on the pre-Inca altar of the curaca Tauli Chusco (main authority of the valley of Rímac at the arrival of the Spaniards in 1535) Francisco Pizarro assigned these lands to his conquest partner Jerónimo de Aliaga, and from then on the mansion is inhabited by its descendants. Besides its historical value, it possesses the beauty of its architecture. The main facade possesses a Republican era balcony. It has lovely patios; the first is covered in nineteenth century Italian marble and the second is adorned with an old bronze fountain. Today is the location of different cultural events.


Casa de las Trece Monedas (Ancash N° 536, Street)

Built by the middle of XVIII century, mansion of a single floor, conserves its original architectural elements.


Casa de la Riva Agüero(Ica N° 426, Street)

Beautiful colonial mansion, great elegant porch and windows built in the XVIII century. In its exteriors beautiful carved wood balconies. Their living rooms conserve many of the original elements; the second patio has a captivating romantic atmosphere. The house was donated to Lima's Catholic University by the last of the original owners' descendants, Don José de la Riva Agüero. Today it houses the Riva Agüero Institute, which in turn features vast historic archives and a fine library. It is also the site of the Museo de Arte Popular, the Folk Art Museum.


Casa Oquendo or Palacio de Osambela (Conde de Superunda N° 298, Street)

The construction was finished in 1807 conserves the architectural style of the Lima of the XVIII century. Outstanding its five important external balconies, and the observatory in the superior part in which its first owner Martin de Osambela used to see the arrival of the galleons in the port of Callao.


Casa de Riva Agüero (Camaná N° 459, Street)

Beautiful colonial mansion that harbors the Riva Agüero Institute, the center of Humanistic Studies of the Papal Catholic University of Lima. It also harbors the Museum of Traditions and Popular Arts, collection of pieces of the popular art in Peru.


Josefina Ramos de Cox House

Jirón De La Unión N° 554. Visiting hours: Mon. – Sat. 10:00 A.M. – 7:30 P.M. and Sun. 11:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M. Archeological Museum of the Riva Agüero Institute– Pontifical University Catholic of Peru. It gathers archeological and ethno-historical evidence excavated in the 1960's and belonging to pre-Inca, Inca, and Hispanic-Andean periods. Among the most important pieces is a specimen from the Maranga huacas. The museum is housed in a beautiful Colonial residence known as the O'Higgins house, and it is still possible to see testimonies of the Vice royal and Republican eras there.


Quinta Heeren (Jr. Junín, block 12)

This country estate set out by a German engineer, Oscar Heeren, is located on block 12 of Jirón Junín, Barrios Altos. When new, it was on of the most beautiful places in this part of the city. It consists of a series of well-distributed houses, whose paths lead to a small, picturesque Square facing the railings.


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