The origin of the "Casa de Pilatos" or "Casa de Esquivel y Jarava" (after their first owners) is still not completely uncovered. On the base of historical documents and writings of the famous Peruvian author Ricardo Palma it is believed that this beautiful house was built in 1590 and therefore is one of the oldest Colonial buildings in Lima. The "Casa de Pilatos" represents a magnificent example of the architectural style of this period.
Most probably one of the oldest buildings in Lima is the Casa de Pilatos, located at Jiron Ancash in the city center.
Based on historical documents and writings of the famous Peruvian author Ricardo Palma it is believed that this old Colonial house with its impressive front was built in 1590.
The original wooden balconies of the Casa de Pilatos were destroyed and later replaced by beautiful replicas.
Detailed view of one of the wooden balconies of the Casa de Pilatos
Open balcony over the main portal.
The most remarkable elements are the impressive front, the double hall and the monumental stairs. The original elegance of this unique building is best relived in the principal court. Even though the "Casa de Pilatos" withstood the severe earthquakes from 1687 and 1746 and others that followed, it was damaged badly and had to be rebuild several times. The original balconies for example were destroyed and later replaced with replicas. Today it houses the ‘Tribunal Constitucional’ (Constitutional Court).
The Casa de Pilatos is an remarkable example of the Colonial architecture. One impressive element is the main portal.
Today the Casa de Pilatos houses the Constitutional Court (Tribunal Constitucional).
The original elegance of the Casa de Pilatos can best be seen in the amazing patio.
The principal court of the Casa de Pilatos.
Old photograph of the Casa de Pilatos