Casa del Oidor
Casa del Oidor
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
Oct 2019
At the Northeastern corner of Lima's "Plaza de Armas" (also known as "Plaza Mayor"), right between the avenues "Jirón Carabaya" and "Jirón Junín", sided by the "Palacio de Gobierno" and by the "Palacio Arzobispal", stands the yellow painted "Casa del Oidor", one of the city's oldest mansions, dating from the late 17th century. Translating literally into English, "Oidor" would mean someone that "hears or listens". So, by then, the "Oidor" was some kind of a magistrate, appointed by the Spanish king, to preside over the local court responsible for hearing and settling people's complaints. Considering the many earthquakes that have hit Lima along the centuries, "Casa del Oidor" must have been rebuilt and restored several times, but its historic importance is still of great evidence. It is quite a pity it is actually closed for visitors, what may signify it needs again some restoration. While strolling along the "Centro Histórico de Lima", do stop quickly at this important corner for a few pics of "Casa del Oidor" and of the magnificent wooden balcony that covers entirely the facade of its second floor. And remember, "Casa del Oidor" is part of the "Centro Histórico de Lima", which has been appointed by Unesco, in 1988, as a "World Heritage Site" - one more reason to do not miss visiting, at least from its exterior, the "House of the Magistrate"! Enjoy!
Written 10 June 2020
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
This mansion is located adjacent the Plaza de Armas and compliments the architectural beauty of the adjoining major structures. The building is not open to the public but there is plenty to interest externally. It dates back to the end of the 16th century and is one of the oldest mansions in Lima with a closed wooden balcony that completely covers the second floor of the facade. The building was initially single storey, the additional storey with balconies was added later.
General San Martín, together with his General Staff, received a standing ovation from this balcony after the proclamation of the Independence of Peru on July 28, 1821. In 1974 it became a listed Heritage Building.
Pause and admire the building and balcony as you stroll on the Plaza.
Written 4 May 2017
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