In 1558 Don Martin Almanzán acquired land to build his house. This house was reconstructed by the reconstructions needed after each destruction. It was caused by earthquakes. The house was purchased by Don Juan Crisostomo Goyeneche in the eighteenth century and one of his four children was who command to embellish the house in later years became the most beautiful residence of Arequipa. By the mid-twentieth century the house ceased to be family owned Goyeneche what caused the dispersal of the collection of art and books.
The Central Reserve Bank of Peru, acquired the building to become home to a branch in Arequipa, which was opened on December 19 de1970.
The white volcanic stone construction is superb. The main entrance faces the street of La Merced, the large windows on the lower floor have beautiful wrought iron railings, the columns arranged symmetrically combined with baseboards and stone paths, on the second floor there is the family crest Goyeneche. The facade gives a sense of military strength, archbishop's palace and manor. Turning her beautiful covered porch is the entrance hall of a barrel vault and then a courtyard with a fountain carved stone. Remarkably natural lighting that highlights the beauty of the building along with: the courtyard, the pool, the walls, windows and internal cylindrical tower.
The House has 37 colonial paintings, many of which have been restored.
It also has ten sculptures, which are two of the seventeenth century, the Andalusian school and anonymous author: The Sorrowful Virgin and Ecce Homo. These two wooden sculptures carved, polychrome and glass eyes, were acquired in very poor condition, badly damaged by termites in structure damage and polychrome, so the bank decided to proceed with its restoration.
It also has furniture, mortars, candlesticks and other goods that decorate the offices of the Regional Office of Arequipa, which can be accessed by the public.
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