Municipal Palace, Peru

The Municipal Palace of Lima is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, the governing entity of the city of Lima, Peru. Initially known as the Cabildo of Lima, the city hall is located on the Jiron de la Union on the Plaza Mayor of Lima, in the heart of the Historic center of Lima. It was originally located at the current site of the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima, however in 1548 was moved to its current site by Hernando Pizarro. Its first occupant was the first mayor of Lima, Nicolás de Rivera.

Throughout the years, it has been modified on a variety of occasions, most of which have been as a result of earthquakes. On November 3, 1923, the original city hall building was destroyed by a fire and the municipality subsequently temporarly moved their offices to the Palace of the Exposition, which is know home to the Museum of Art of Lima. The municipality would remain there until the new city hall was constructed between 1943 and 1944 during the presidency of Óscar R. Benavides.

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