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Government Palace

This was Lima’s first official palace when the city went under Spanish rule. Now, it holds government meetings and is home to the country’s president.

This palace was built in the early 16th century by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, who is credited with founding the city of Lima. It became the city’s first official palace since going under Spanish rule. The site is currently the residence of Peru’s president and is also where the government converges.  

Visit the palace at noon to see the changing of the guards routine. They perform a march in blue-and-red uniforms, hats and Peruvian flags extended on black poles. Enter through the grand portal on the north side of Plaza Mayor. Take a guided tour of the palace for free. There is much to see, as the palace takes up an entire block. 

Capture photos of the façade with palm trees and an iron fence in the foreground. Browse the ceremonial rooms of colonial design. See the well-maintained garden, which contains trees, shrubs and pebbles. Take a look around the Golden Living Room and its collection of paintings. 

Pizarro constructed the building in 1535 on the exact site of the previous authority of the area’s residence, which was an Incan burial ground. Some locals and historians also know it as the House of Pizarro. Like many other historical sites in the area, it has been destroyed, rebuilt and renovated many times after numerous disasters, such as earthquakes and fires. Locate the fig tree that is said to have been planted by Pizarro, which may now be the only remaining piece from the original palace.

The palace is open to the public, but certain parts may be cut off depending on political activity in the building. Make a reservation by calling the public relations office or asking the guards where to find the office to go in person.

The Government Palace is situated in the center of the city, near to many other attractions of historical importance, such as the Cathedral of Lima, the Aliaga Virreynal House and Parque de la Muralla (Park of the Wall). The Rimac River is just to the north of the palace. The old railway stop, Desamparados Station, which is now used for administrative purposes, is right next to the site. The nearest bus station is Estacion Jirón de la Union. Arrive there and walk four blocks northeast.

Popular Activities at Government Palace

Make the most of your visit to Government Palace. Here's a list of the most popular things to do:

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Plaza Mayor Lima $55
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Jiron Callao 125, Lima
     
    3.4
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    Located in Lima Historic Center, this hostal is steps from Jiron de La Union, Cathedral of Lima, and Government Palace. Archbishop's Palace and Aliaga Virreynal House are also within 5 minutes.

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    Jirón de la Unión 284, Lima
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 2 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Lima Historic Center, this apartment building is steps from Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, Government Palace, and Aliaga Virreynal House. Archbishop's Palace and Osambela House are also within 5 minutes.

      Hospedaje Santa Rosa $37
      Hospedaje Santa Rosa

      Hospedaje Santa Rosa

      Jr. Camana 218, Lima
         
        3.4
        of 5, from 36 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Lima Historic Center, this hostel is steps from Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, Osambela House, and Jiron de La Union. Government Palace and Church of San Agustin are also within 5 minutes.

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        Hotel Maury

        Hotel Maury

        Jr. Ucayali 201, Cercado, Lima
           
          3.2
          of 5, from 14 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Lima Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Jiron de La Union, Torre Tagle Palace, and Cathedral of Lima. Archbishop's Palace and Basilica and Convent of Our Lady of Mercy are also within 5 minutes.

          Hotel Kamana $53
          Hotel Kamana

          Hotel Kamana

          Jiron Camana 547 Lima, Lima
             
            3.3
            of 5, from 221 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Lima Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Casa Grau Naval Museum, Jiron de La Union, and Basilica and Convent of Our Lady of Mercy. Church of San Agustin and Church and Convent of Santo Domingo are also within 10 minutes.

            Hostal Bonbini
            Hostal Bonbini

            Hostal Bonbini

            Jr. Cailloma 209, Lima
               
              2.6
              of 5, from 5 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Lima Historic Center, this hostal is steps from Osambela House and Church of San Agustin. Church and Convent of Santo Domingo and Jiron de La Union are also within 5 minutes.

              Gran Hotel $30
              Gran Hotel

              Gran Hotel

              Av Abancay 554, Lima
                 
                3.0
                of 5, from 60 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Lima Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Pedro Church, Torre Tagle Palace, and University Park. Museum of Congress and Inquisition and Jiron de La Union are also within 10 minutes. Miguel Grau Station is 27 minutes by foot.

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                Hotel Inka Path

                Hotel Inka Path

                Jiron de la Union 654, Lima
                   
                  3.6
                  of 5, from 44 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Lima Historic Center, this hotel is steps from Jiron de La Union, Basilica and Convent of Our Lady of Mercy, and Casa Grau Naval Museum. Church of San Agustin and Andres del Castillo Mineral Museum are also within 10 minutes.