Government Palace of Peru
About the Government Palace
This imposing building was commissioned in the first part of the 16th century by the spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro, who is also considered the founder of the city of Lima. When the Spaniards took power, it became the city’s first official palace. The residence now houses the residence of the peruvian president, and this building is also the site of government meetings.
The building is the first official palace in Lima, after the takeover of the rule by the spanish conquerors.
Today it is the official residence of the acting peruvian president.
If you’ve been to lunch near the Plaza Mayor, then you can watch the beautiful changing of the watch to the sounds of El Cóndor Pasa. The palace guard marches in the sting step in their red and blue guard uniforms with gold-colored helmets. They also carry the peruvian flag over the square. The entrance through the large baroque-style portal is on the north side of the Plaza Mayor. If you are interested, you can also pre-register for tours of the palace. The guides are free. But the passport is required.
From the Plaza Mayor, the baroque facade with its palm trees and iron fence in the foreground is a popular photo opportunity. The magnificent rooms in the palace are decorated in a colonial style. Worth seeing are the beautifully maintained outdoor areas with trees and shrubs. In the golden living room of the palace you can expect a very remarkable art collection.
Around 1535 Francisco Pizarro had the building built on the very spot that was used as a spiritual center by the ancient peruvian rulers. In inca times, history was also a great burial place. Historians and locals also dub the building as the Pizarro House. Like many buildings in Lima, the palace has been destroyed, rebuilt and renovated several times in the course of history by fires and earthquakes.
The palace is open to the public, but some parts may be closed off, depending on whether government talks, meetings with other heads of state, meetings or other political activities take place. Reservations can be made by telephone at the press office. Or ask one of the palace guards where the office is to speak to in person.
In 2005, a new lighting was installed in the house of Pizarro. As part of this project, the so-called tourist circuit of light was installed, which was implemented as for other buildings around the Plaza Mayor on the initiative of the then mayor of Lima, Luis Castañeda Lossio for the entire historic city center and the entire place in the evening. and night hours illuminated a whole group of buildings. The city council and Lima cathedral were also included.
In early february 2007, the national emblem was repainted at the top of the front of the main facade of the palace. The national symbol, measuring two by two meters, was created by students from the National Supreme School of Fine Arts in Peru. On May 8th, 2009, Presidential Alan García solemnly placed an obelisk in the main courtyard on the right side of the main entrance on Plaza Mayor, overlooking the Government Palace, which commemorates the victims of terrorism in Peru.
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