The house of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega is very important in the city of Cusco, as it is one of the important colonial houses in the historic center. This property belonged to the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega son of the Spanish captain Garcilaso de la Vega y Vargas and his mother the Cusco princess Chimpu Ocllo.
When the Spaniards arrived and invaded the Inca city, Francisco Pizarro decided to distribute the plots and in one of the plots was built what would become the House of Garcilaso, this character was born and lived there (XVI century).
In 1972 the building was declared a Historic Monument of Peru for being within the Monumental Zone of Cusco, also for being within the historic center of the city the UNESCO declared it as Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Peruvian Historical Monument.
As I mentioned at the beginning, every Inca construction in the historical center was divided by the Spaniards and the first owner of this place was Francisco de Oñate, then in 1560 it belonged to the Spanish conqueror Sebastián Garcilaso de la Vega y Vargas; there he resided with his wife the Inca princess Isabel Chimpu Ocllo and his son the written Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.
In 1950 there was an earthquake that shook all the houses in the city of Cusco and Garcilaso's house was also affected, so the Peruvian architect Emilio Harth Terré was in charge of the remodeling, but at that time the form was different.
The new owners of the property, Mr. Luna Oblitas, discovered the Inca wall that today can be seen in its front, in the 1960's the restoration of the house was approved by the architect Victor Pimentel Gurmendi.
In 1967 the Peruvian state decided to expropriate the house to be used as the headquarters of the Regional Historical Museum, as we know this house was built on an Inca platform, because most of the buildings that exist in the city of Cusco were built on Inca constructions.
According to historical data, this place was very important for its religiosity, because here was located the eighth ceque towards the Chinchaysuyo established by the Inca Huayna Capac.
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Casa Garcilaso de la Vega is located on the corner of Plaza Regocijo, between Garcilaso Street and Heladeros Street.
We will be able to see its architecture of the house, because it has a typical colonial morphology, the house is of two floors, doors and windows of colonial style, it also has a central patio, all its doors are directed to the central patio, it has stone arches.
Likewise, we can visit the Regional Historical Museum of Cusco, one of the cultural centers that shows all the Inca culture in its thirteen rooms, you can learn from: the dinosaurs that inhabited Cusco, the Incas, Inca ceramics, Inca agriculture, the art of the colony, gastronomy during the colony, the revolution of Tupac Amaru, and finally a room dedicated to the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.
There are thirteen rooms that explain in detail everything that happened in the city of Cusco.
To visit the house of Garcilaso you must first purchase the Cusco BTCI Tourist Ticket which gives you access to this museum and others that are within the city, and you can also visit archaeological sites.
The cost of the BTCI ticket for foreigners is 130 soles and for national tourists is 70 soles. You can visit the Garcilaso house from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.