House of the Peruvian Literature

House of the Peruvian LiteratureHouse of the Peruvian Literature
Casa de la Literatura Peruana

House of the Peruvian Literature

The building was originally Lima's main train station (Estacion de Desamparados - Desamparados Train Station) and opened in 1912. Situated behind the Presidential Palace at the River Rimac it was a symbol of the progress and development of the city in the beginning of the 20th century. At this time the capital of Peru was completely redesigned.

Exterior View of the Casa de la Literatura, once Lima's train station (estacion de Desamparados) before 2009

Before 2009 todays Casa de la Literatura was Lima's main train station (Estacion de Desamparados - Desamparados Train Station)

Estacion Desamparados - Desamparados Train Station in Lima

The typical clock above the main entrance of European train stations decorates as well Lima's old Desamparados Train Station which was opened to the public in 1912.

Glass dome inside the Casa de la Literatura

Amazing glass dome inside the Casa de la Literatura

Desamparados Train Station in Lima 1924

Photograph from the Desamparados Train Station in Lima from 1924.

Desamparados Train Station in Lima 1924

Inner hall of Lima's Desamparados Train Station 1924

The model for the "new" Lima was Paris (in Latin America assumed to be the cultural capital of the world). Many old Colonial buildings had to make way for this modernization of the City Center; as well the orphanage and church that was standing where today we find the Estacion Desamparados and which at least gave the train station its name. The building blends in nicely with the old city while at the same time reflecting the modernity of this era.

The impressive facade is surely neoclassical. The stations interior is dominated by iron structures and lots of glass. At the beginning of the 20th century "Desamparados" was among other destinations the starting point for one of the world's great railway journeys: the trip from Lima to Huancayo in the central Andes. Unfortunately passenger services were terminated a long time ago. But since the beginning of 2007 the route has been re-established. About once a month you can make this amazing and exciting tour.

Casa de la Literatura

Today Lima's old train staion was renamed to Casa de la Literatura (House of the Peruvian Literature) and houses a cultural center and a library.

Exterior View of the Casa de la Literatura, once Lima's train station (Estacion de Desamparados)

Even though the building was completely remodeled the neoclassical style and of course the distinctive clock remains.

Casa de la Literatura, Lima

Sign at the Casa de la Literatura.

House of Literature in Lima

Old elements, like this ticket booth remained in the renovated building.

Interior Casa de la Literatura

Today the interior of the old train station shines in new splendor

In October 2009 the building became a new purpose and was renamed to "Casa de la Literatura Peruana" (House of the Peruvian Literature). Today it houses a Cultural Center with temporary art exhibitions and an extensive library. In 13 rooms you are introduced to all important Peruvian literary styles and authors.

General Info

Street: Jr. Ancash 207
Info: Old Desamparados Train Station
District: City Center
City: Lima
Region: Lima
Phone: (+511) 426-2573

Visitors Details

Opening Hours: Guided tours Tue to Sun 10.30 am to 07.00 pm

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