Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Isabel Guerra on September 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm

One of the oldest mansions in Lima, the Casa de Aliaga is still oldest family-owned home in South America: it has been owned during 17 generations by the Aliaga family (one of the Lima founding families) since 1535. One of the best-preserved colonial homes in Peru, it is pretty much a time capsule where you can see the evolution through centuries of several different architectural and décor styles. The central patio has a very old tree (more than 150 years old, they day) and a lovely small water fountain with original beautiful Andalusian tiles. Like most typical Spanish manor houses, the Casa de Aliaga also has a small chapel, and the entire house is full of exceptional examples of colonial art. Despite some rebuilt and refurbishing due to earthquakes, it preserves all of its artistic, historic and beauty values. To visit this house you need to contact Lima Tours travel agency (Jr. de la Unión 1040, Lima 1, Phone: 619-6900, email: where you can book a guided tour.

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