Casa Ganoza Chopitea

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Casa Ganoza Chopitea information

Location
Trujillo , Peru
Address
Independencia 630
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Northeast of the cathedral, this c 1735 mansion, also known as Casa de los Léones, is considered to be the best preserved mansion of the colonial period in Trujillo. The details are stunning, from the elaborate gateway at the entrance to 300-year-old frescos, Oregon pine pillars and rustic ceilings inside, some tied together with sheepskin.

Take note of the ‘JHS’ insignia above the entrance between the male and female lions (from which one of the building’s names derives). It stands for ‘Jesus,’ ‘Hombre’ (Man), ‘Salvador’ (Savior) and stems from the building’s time as a convent (as does the lazy Susan by the bathrooms). Best of all, perhaps, is that it now houses the wonderful Casona Deza cafe.