This mansion sums up the graceful style of the early 18th century. Flanked by a pair of elegant balconies, the stone entrance is as expertly carved as that of any of the city's churches. It currently holds offices of the Foreign Ministry and is not open to the public, but you can often get a peek inside through an open door, and if you're lucky, the guards may let you step into the courtyard. If so, you might see the tiled ceilings, carved columns, and a 16th-century carriage.
Across the street is Casa Goyeneche, which was built some 40 years later in 1771, and was clearly influenced by the rococo movement.
Jr. Ucayali 363, Lima, 01, Peru
Mar 31, 2009
No doubt the architecture is to be admired, but the setting makes it difficult to admire it--a narrow, busy, dirty street, surrounded by unremarkable buildings.