The Mansions of Miraflores, Lima, Peru 2


Bold ochre tones. Elaborate balconies. Grand doorways. Vines crawling over walls. An eclectic mix of architectural features; these are the mansions of Miraflores.

Miraflores mansion 10, Lima, Peru

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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.

Miraflores mansion 3, Lima, Peru

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Spanish colonial, or perhaps Spanish colonial revivalist. With papaya trees, and juliet balconies thrown in to the mix.

Miraflores mansion 4, Lima, Peru

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Arched doorways. An excess of decorative wrought iron (doubling as a security feature). A tangle of power lines. Everything covered in stucco.

Miraflores mansion 5, Lima, Peru

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Many have been reappropriated for commercial purposes.

Miraflores mansion 12, Lima, Peru

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Some could be labelled a pastiche of styles.

Miraflores mansion 10, Lima, Peru

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But I like them all. They have charm and character, and they make strolling through Miraflores’ streets a delight.

Miraflores mansion 11, Lima, Peru

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But in every photo you may notice something: the presence of large modern skyscrapers.

Miraflores mansion 13, Lima, Peru

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They tower over their neighbours, and shade them out.

Miraflores mansion 6, Lima, Peru

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One by one these mansions are disappearing, to make way for modern edifices.

Miraflores mansion 8, Lima, Peru

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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.


Posts on Lima, Peru:

El Malecón, Miraflores – killer views, perfect sunsets.

Ancient pyramid in the heart of Lima – Huaca Pucllana


Posts on the Peruvian Amazon:

Yanayacu River, Amazon Rainforest – screamers, hoatzins, and pink dolphins

Night Safari, Amazon Rainforest

Iquitos – architecture of the Amazonian rubber boom

Things to do in Iquitos


More on Peru:

Machu Picchu – short-lived sanctuary of the Incan Empire

Chan Chan – largest Pre-Columbian city in South America

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