Raúl Porras Barrenechea Institute

Raúl Porras Barrenechea Institute
Parent institution National University of San Marcos
President Amb. Félix Álvarez Brun
Director Amb. Harry Belevan-McBride
Location Lima, Peru
Coordinates 12°07′06″S 77°01′36″W / 12.11833°S 77.02667°W / -12.11833; -77.02667Coordinates: 12°07′06″S 77°01′36″W / 12.11833°S 77.02667°W / -12.11833; -77.02667
Address Calle Narciso de la Colina N° 398, Miraflores
Website www.institutoraulporras.org

The Raúl Porras Barrenechea Institute of the National University of San Marcos (IRPB-UNMSM) was founded in 1964 by the University of San Marcos in honor of the distinguished alum, Peruvian historian and diplomat Raúl Porras Barrenechea. The institute acts as a Center for Higher Studies and Peruvian Research, developing and promoting research mainly related to the areas of humanities, arts and social sciences. To this end, the institute offers researchers and the general public a library specialized in the mentioned fields.[1][2]

The institute also is responsible for the Historic house museum Raúl Porras Barrenechea, a building declared a "Historical and Artistic Monument" and "Cultural heritage of Peru" in 1980.[3][4] The location preserves and permanently exhibits works of art, furniture, paintings, sculptures, photographs, family and personal memories of Porras Barrenechea; the Archivo Porras; and the museum of Peruvian writers. It is located in the Miraflores district and is a neighbor of the historic house museum Ricardo Palma, which allows it to develop fully the purpose for which it was founded, being one of the centers of the cultural activity in the country. The house-museum is also the final and most important point of the Literary Route "Mario Vargas Llosa",[5][6] one of the winners of the international competition Walking Visionaires Awards organized by Walk21Vienna in 2015.[7][8]

The building of the current institute has been for decades one of the leading intellectual lights of Lima, both during the life and after the death of professor Porras Barrenechea.[9][10] Among the Peruvian intellectuals who have had a significant connection with the house of Porras Barrenechea are: Mario Vargas Llosa, Pablo Macera, Carlos Araníbar, Luis Jaime Cisneros, Hugo Neira, Jorge Basadre, Raúl Ferrero Rebagliati, Félix Álvarez Brun, Jorge Puccinelli, Carlos Alzamora, Miguel Maticorena, René Hooper, Antonio Garrido Aranda, Emilio Vásquez, Luis Loayza, María Rostworowski, and Waldemar Espinoza.[11]


  1. "Instituto Raúl Porras Barrenechea" (in Spanish). National University of San Marcos. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  2. "Blog oficial del Instituto Raúl Porras Barrenechea" (in Spanish). Raúl Porras Barrenechea Institute. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  3. "Historia" (in Spanish). Raúl Porras Barrenechea Institute. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  4. "Patrimonio Cultural" (in Spanish). Miraflores District Council. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  5. "Miraflores inauguró ruta turística inspirada en obras de Vargas Llosa" (in Spanish). El Comercio. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  6. "Ruta Mario Vargas Llosa en Miraflores" (in Spanish). Miraflores District Council. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  7. "The Route of Mario Vargas Llosa". Walk21Vienna. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  8. "Walking Visionaires Awards: Awards Winners". Walk21Vienna. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  9. "Raúl Porras Barrenechea (1897-1960)". LimaEasy. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  10. "Hidden jewels of Lima: San Marcos-on-sea". Peruvian Times. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  11. "Raúl Porras Barrenechea" (in Spanish). A la vuelta de la esquina. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
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