The Government Palace

The Government Palace is the seat of the executive branch of the Peruvian Government and the residence of the President of Peru. When conquistador Fransicso Pizarro came to Peru, the site was already the house of Taulichusco, the last Inca chief of Lima. Pizarro seized the land and built the Palace over the residence in 1535. The Incas did not have control over the expansion, although they managed for a short time to lay a siege on the palace. Pizarro thought he was safe, but conquerors can be conquered. Almagro, Pizarro’s partner in conquest of Peru, turned against him. Almagro was captured in battle and sentenced to death, leaving behind a son. His son began to stir dissension, but Pizarro paid no heed to warnings, a decision he surely regretted when soldiers from the Knights of the Cape broke into the palace and assassinated him.

The Government Palace


Jirón de la Unión s/n, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 12:30 pm


The Government Palace

Phone: +51 1 3113900


The Government Palace

Free tours, must be scheduled two days in advance


The Government Palace

Guided Tour Information

Visitors can reserve a free guided tour two days in advance to view several rooms, including the ornate Golden Hall, ceremonial rooms dedicated to notable Peruvian figures, and the colonial-style Peace Room where banquets are held beneath a beautiful crystal chandelier.

Changing of the Guard

The changing of the guard beings at 11:45, but stick around afterwards for traditional Peruvian dancers and a series of military drills.


The Government Palace

What’s nearby? 

The Government Palace is one of many attractions surrounding the Plaza de Armas. The Archbishop’s Palace of Lima serves as a museum containing religious texts and artifacts. Beside the palace, the Lima Cathedral houses the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, the Spaniard largely responsible for the conquering of Peru.


The Government Palace

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Jirón de la Unión, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru

The Government Palace

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