Bold ochre tones. Elaborate balconies. Grand doorways. Vines crawling over walls. An eclectic mix of architectural features; these are the mansions of Miraflores.
Lima’s well-to-do have called Miraflores home for a century or more, and they’ve spent much of that time filling it’s boulevards with lovely residences.
Spanish colonial, or perhaps Spanish colonial revivalist. With papaya trees, and juliet balconies thrown in to the mix.
Arched doorways. An excess of decorative wrought iron (doubling as a security feature). A tangle of power lines. Everything covered in stucco.
Many have been reappropriated for commercial purposes.
Some could be labelled a pastiche of styles.
But I like them all. They have charm and character, and they make strolling through Miraflores’ streets a delight.
But in every photo you may notice something: the presence of large modern skyscrapers.
They tower over their neighbours, and shade them out.
One by one these mansions are disappearing, to make way for modern edifices.
But don’t fret; there are still thousands of these mansions left. They are in no danger of extinction, and I doubt they will ever disappear entirely. Their numbers are sure to decrease further however, and that means the delight currently experienced whilst strolling through Miraflores’ streets is sure to diminish.