Desamparados station

Main facade of the Desamparados station

The Desamparados station (Spanish: Estación de Desamparados) is a railway station in Lima, Peru. It is situated on the left margin of the Rímac River, next to the Government Palace. The station was named after the church of Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados. The project began in 1890 by the Peruvian Corporation and three years later the Lima–La Oroya route was inaugurated. The line became known as the Ferrocarril Central Andino

At present the station only has administrative use, although it can offer passenger excursion services between Lima and the central mountain range. It serves mainly as an exhibition hall, exhibiting such items as the presidential wagon "Paquita", named in honor of the wife of the then President of the Republic Oscar R. Benavides.



The three-story building of the station was the first public work conducted by the Peruvian architect Rafael Marquina in 1911, and its construction was finished a year later. In the process of its construction modern materials and techniques were used such as reinforced concrete and expanded metal.[1] One of the main features to the interior is the stained glass skylight, made in the Art Nouveau style. The main facade is symmetrical and consists of five vertical bodies divided by four pilasters of classical design. The facade is designed in Beaux-Arts architecture style.[2]

In episode 8 "Comfort Food" of US TV series Pushing Daisies (Second Season) a photograph of the front of the Desamparados station is used as the Papen County Convention Center where the piemaker is competing in the comfort food cook-off.


  1. Jiménez, Luis and Santiváñez, Miguel. Rafael Marquina, p. 57.
  2. Jiménez, Luis and Santiváñez, Miguel. Rafael Marquina, p. 54.
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Coordinates: 12°02′40″S 77°01′43″W / 12.0444°S 77.0286°W / -12.0444; -77.0286

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