on June 30, 2009
You can easily combine a visit to these two buildings. We walked the one block from the Plaza de Armas to the church then went down Jr. Camana to the Casa before returning to the pedestrian street near the Iglesia de la Merced. If you didn’t go into either building this would only take 10 minutes but I suggest you allow more time than this because both the church and hous are worth a visit.The Church of San Agustin was first built in 1574, but at the end of the 19th century the church was close to collapse due to severe damages caused by artillery fire during the civil war, After the war the church was rebuilt to resemble how it looked at the beginning of the 18th century. Of particular note is the Churrigueresque portal entirely carved in stone, the sacristy with beautiful wooden images, a baseboard of tiles and an important carving of "La Muerte" (The Death), masterpiece by the Peruvian master Baltazar Gavilán. Also note the arcades, the choir stalls with the remarkable wooden carvings and the beautiful ceiling.Opening hours: Daily from 08.00 am to 11.00 am and 04.30 pm to 08.00 pm.The Casa Riva-Aguero is a rambling mansion from 1760. Ornately carved wooden balconies are a feature of this house and they overlook both the front and back courtyards. Take particular note of the celosias on the street facade – intricate wood screens through which ladies could watch passersby without being observed. There is an interesting museum of folk art on the second floor with 3 soles admission. The building opens Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm.
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