Casa del Oidor, Lima

Casa del Oidor, Lima

Casa del Oidor is a 17th century mansion, one of the oldest in Lima. It was built shortly after the city was founded. The house stands at Plaza Mayor and has a great historical significance. Its name “Casa del Oidor” translates as “the one who hears and listens” and reportedly is due to the fact that during a certain period of time the city magistrate, duly appointed by the king, had presided here over the court that used to hear complaints from members of the public. It is also said that ‘doñas’ (ladies) of the house would peep from the balconies, hidden behind the shutters, to see what's going on down in the square. The balconies appear quite amazing from the square below which is completely surrounded by walls.

The stone mansion is painted pale orange with a black trim and represents a fine piece of architecture. Sadly, it can be viewed only from the outside as the property is closed for the general public.

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Sight Name: Casa del Oidor
Sight Location: Lima, Peru
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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