This 450-year-old mansion was built on adjacent land to the Plaza de Armas, near the house of Francisco Pizarro (the Government Palace).
The Aliaga House is as old as Lima itself. On Jan. 18, 1535, conquistador Francisco Pizarro, who founded the capital city, gave the plot adjacent to that of the Government Palace to Jerónimo de Aliaga, his trusted ally, simply because they wanted to be neighbors. Ever since, 18 generations of the Aliaga family have lived in the same mansion — of course, it has been renovated continuously, but it remains the oldest house in the Americas. Jerónimo’s descendants, meanwhile, currently reside in a modern annex, but much of the original main house is on display.
Rebuilt and remodeled after the earthquakes and changes of architectural fashion, the mansion has served almost five centuries along with the history of the city of Lima. Its artistic value comes from the beauty of its interior space and evocativeness of its environments.
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Highlights of the Aliaga House
Admire different architectural styles, furniture designs, and interesting items from various periods of the house’s history. In the blue-tiled salon, for example, you can view the sword Captain Aliaga brought to the New World.
• Exterior with a beautiful wooden balcony
• Patio with lovely sculpture and amazing wooden artwork inside and outside
• Marble staircase leading up to the main house
• The luxurious interior of beautiful Spanish tiles
• The Captain’s sword. It has accompanied Captain Jerónimo de Aliaga y Ramírez, conquistador and trusted right-hand man to Francisco Pizarro himself. Its steel blade, forged some 500 years ago in the town of Solingen, had witnessed the melting-down of the gold paid to ransom Atahualpa, the siege of the Inca capital, the end of an empire.
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Monday to Sunday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (by reservation only)
30 PEN (Peruvian Sol) per person.
Restaurants Around Aliaga House
Your trip to the Aliaga House is best ended with a trip to one of the many restaurants in Lima, Peru.
Here are some of the noteworthy and must-try restaurants:
Tanta – Tanta, created by Peru’s most beloved celebrity chef Gaston Acurio, has beautiful views to match their outstanding food.
Pardos Chicken – Pardos is one of the most popular spots for Peruvian rotisserie chicken (Pollo a la Brasa), and its location is at the historic center a block from the Plaza de Armas.
Club de la Union Lima Peru – Dine at the exclusive restaurant on the ground floor of this famous club in Lima
Embarcadero 41 – This serves really great seafood and is a perfect spot to stop off for a pisco sour and hearty ceviche.
L’Eau Vive – This is a gem of a restaurant that gives its profits to charity and is actually run by the convent there. It has a real homey feel with good, hearty food.
La Buena Muerte – This Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant is a wonderful, delicious, and welcoming surprise to everyone in Lima.
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Huaca Pucllana – Huaca Pucllana offers very delicious meals served in a beautiful setting, especially in the evening when the pyramid is lit up.
Madam Tusan – This is a Chinese-Peruvian fusion restaurant.
El Pan de la Chola – The sandwiches of El Pan de la Chola are very addictive here and so is the focaccia bread!
Brisas del Titicaca – This is a great place to dance or to just watch Peruvian dances while having great food.
King Kroughnuts – This place has a variety of croughnut flavors and toppings. A must-try is the ice cream with a croughnut cone!
Malabar – Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s Malabar has been ranked among the 100 best restaurants in the world, and there’s no question as to why it was included on the list. It truly is deserving because of its innovative menu.
Villa Chicken – This new-ish Midtown food hall can satisfy every craving, from seafood to burgers, Thai to sushi, coffee to crepes.