The Central Post Office was opened in 1897 and was responsible for all national and international correspondence. When technology developed and the telegraph was introduced to Peru it became the main relay station for all transmissions. At the beginning of the 20th century the building was completely remodeled to fit into the new European style Lima and received the first telephone switchboard in Peru.
Detailed look at the Casa de Correos y Telegrafos, Lima's post office
Patio of the Casa de Correos y Telegrafos, Lima's old post office which houses today the Gastronomy Museum
Entrance to the old telegraph area where all national and international transmissions were sent from.
Lovely arcade with lots of shops behind the main post office.
Facade of the newly inaugurated Post Office at the end of the 19th century
Even though the beautiful building, actually one of the oldest post offices in Latin America, was a perfect place for the Postal and Philatelic Museum, it was closed down a few years ago. Since 2011 you find the Museum of Peruvian Gastronomy at the old Casa de Correos y Telegrafos leading you through over 2000 years of culinary richness in Peru.
Since March 2011 Lima's Post Office houses the Gastronomy Museum
Typical European style architecture inside the Casa de Correos y Telegrafos in Lima
Gastronomy Museum, Lima - Bread baking in Colonial times
Gastronomy Museum, Lima - Typical cooking method in an earthern oven called Pachamanca dating back to pre-Hispanic times
Gastronomy Museum - Asian Influence on Peruvian food
Don't miss the rear of the building; the entrance is via the Pasaje Piura. A unique arcade with lots of small shops is waiting for you to be discovered.