Palacio la merced

THE HOTEL (Future Project)

A boutique hotel will be built in one of the most beautiful old houses in Arequipa, and along with a partner who has one of the most important collections of Colonial art in the city, thus creating a museum-hotel. The hotel will have 41 rooms all together, including the restored historic area and the new area which will see a 4-story building on the second backyard. 

1.                      Arequipa

-          Peru’s second most important city from an economic, cultural and historical perspective.

-          Its downtown has been declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, due to its Spanish Colonial architecture (Baroque and neo-classical).

 

2.        Location

  -          Strategically located one and a half blocks from Arequipa’s main square: Plaza Mayor.

  -          Within walking distance of the main tourist attractions and historical sites.

-          Within walking distance of the most important restaurants, pubs, cafés and clubs.

-          La Merced Street (where the house is located) has been the subject of a complete restoration undertaken by the City Council which was finished in August 2008. Following UNESCO recommendations, Arequipa’s entire city center is being restored.

-          La Merced Street is considered the best preserved street in Arequipa’s city center.

-          Safe area. Traffic is not heavy.

 

3.        The house

  -          About 1,500 square meters. 34-meter-long façade.

-          The house, one of the biggest in Arequipa’s city center, has been built of white volcanic stone.

  -          Located in a UNESCO protected area.

-          It has been recognized as a Historical Monument due to its architectural merits.

-          It follows the traditional structure of the Spanish Colonial houses built around two large patios.

-          The second patio is one of the very few early XVII century patios remaining in Arequipa. It is surrounded by   columns painted in the characteristic Colonial blue used in monasteries.

-          The first patio dates back to the early XVIII century and it is one of the biggest in the city.

-          The Neoclassical façade dates back to the late XIX century.

-          It has beautiful Baroque doors and windows which are in perfect condition and have been recently restored.

-          Archeological research has proved its wall-paintings and murals date back to the XVII and XVIII centuries. It is probably one of the few houses in Peru and Latin America (of no religious order) with the largest collection of mural paintings.

 

4.        Historical links

-          The house was built in the headquarters assigned to the founders and Conquistadores of Arequipa in 1540.  This is due to its proximity to the main plaza (The more important the inhabitant, the nearer the house was located to the main square).

-          The area where the house is located was given to Gómez de Leon, one of Arequipa founders. Captain D. Gómez de León, was one of the Conquistadores who arrived in Peru along with D. Francisco Pizarro. His life is well documented. Recent research has also revealed that the headquarters where the house is located was later given to D.Pedro Pizarro y Mendez, nephew of D. Francisco Pizarro and the only member of the Pizarro Family who remained in Peru.

-          The owner of the house is descendant of both, Pedro Pizarro and Gómez de Leon.

-          The owner of the house belongs to one of the oldest Spanish-Peruvian families. His ancestors are, among others: Juan de la Torre y Díaz Chacon, founder of Arequipa and its first Mayor in 1540. Nicolás de Rivera, founder of Lima and its first Mayor in 1535. Pedro de Peralta y Cabeza de Vaca, founder of La Paz, Bolivia, and its first General Captain. These Conquistadores where the only noble Spaniards in the Isla de Gallo episode, which is considered the starting point of the Peruvian conquest. The King of Spain, Emperor Charles V, provided them with a special nobility title: “Knights of the Golden Spurs”

-          The owner is also a descendant of Spaniards arriving in Peru alongside Christopher Columbus in the discovery of America. His ancestors participated in the discovery, conquest and pacification of Santo Domingo, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, etc. Family traditions and stories are well documented.

-          21 Mayors of Arequipa, as well as bishops, high rank generals, royal ensigns, presidents, navy heroes, writers and great thinkers lived in the house.  

-          The owner’s ancestors have been part of Peruvian history for almost 500 years.

-          The owner is a descendant of the Pizarro family (the Conquistadores), as well as the Royal Inca family (those who were conquered). This is unique: He is also a descendant of His Imperial Majesty Inca Pachacutec, who founded the Inca Empire and masterminded the design of the imperial capital and the construction of Machu Picchu.

-          There is a vast art collection which will be displayed in the future.