Do you want to find another amazing destination in Arequipa? Undoubtedly, one of them is the Goyeneche Palace because it has an important collection of colonial art and because it is a historical monument.
The palace was rebuilt in the eighteenth century because of damage caused by an earthquake many years ago, and today is one of the best preserved monuments. This house has had many owners, among them Juan de Goyeneche, who equipped it with European furniture and artistic objects.
This Goyeneche Palace, at the beginning had only one floor, but in 1840 the house is extended with the presence of a facade with fleurons, portico with the perfect height so that the gentlemen of the time could transit and parapet balconies. Later, in the twentieth century, the Palace became part of the Central Reserve Bank of Peru, in charge of its restoration, which was inaugurated on December 19, 1970 and since then became a site visited by many thanks to the sample of ancient art that houses in its facilities.
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The Goyeneche Palace is located in the Calles de la Merced and Palacio Viejo. Very close to the Plaza de Armas of the city of Arequipa.
In this old house of Arequipa, neoclassical style, you will visualize in its structure, which has two floors and a balcony with railings built with volcanic stone called Sillar. Likewise, this space has an amazing view of the city.
In the interior there is a central patio where a black pool stands out accompanied by a garden. It contains exhibition rooms where artistic elements belonging to the pre-Inca culture (Chavin, Viru, Moche, Nazca, Viru and Chimu) and also the pieces of the Inca period are shown, another where the numismatic exhibition is located, a gallery of Viceroyal art and the last of these presents the history of Bishop Goyeneche.
This famous palace has many colonial paintings, canvases from the Cuzco School, sculptures of the seventeenth century, with monteros, candelarias and others that you can appreciate from Monday to Friday during visiting hours which is from 9:00 to 17:00 hours, except on holidays.