Plaza de Armas, Santiago

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The centerpiece of Santiago, Plaza de Armas continues to represent the pulse of the capital, full of lively locals and historic buildings. Once centered on the gallows, the square now prominently features a statue of Simon Bolivar. Stroll around the plaza to notice important landmarks like the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, the central post office building, and the city government headquarters. Grab a drink at one of many cafes, watch the street life whiz by, or shop for jewelry and souvenirs in the nearby arcade. Put Plaza de Armas and other Santiago attractions into our Santiago trip itinerary maker website , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Plaza de Armas, is the historic centre of the town, created by the founder of the city-Pedro de Validivia. Are the most important buildings of the city: the Central Mail building, the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, the National Historical Museum (Museo Histórico Nacional). The Cathedral is the largest architectural treasure in the square. The current building dates back to the 18th century and earlier buildings were burned or destroyed during earthquakes. On the square there are monuments: Pedro de Validivia and Indian Mapuchow.
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  • The place is super cute and has a lot of country flags adorning the city. The 10:00 in the morning has the changing of the guard, check the days that will occur. The changing of the guard is very cool and is easy to get emotional ... don't let go!
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  • Here in this square has many attractions, but due to it's very interesting that there are tour guides. You can join them for a tour in the central region with explanations about the locations and history. In this square is the Metropolitan Cathedral, the national historical Museum, old building of Correos Chile and more.
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  • Pretty square with lovely trees surrounding it. There are many beautiful buildings to view. Plenty of benches and lots of people enjoying the square. Worth a walk around.
  • Cool building and a good walk through of the history of the country. One floor loop of historic artifacts.
  • I was looking for some celphone case and i realice that someone opened my bag. Fortunately they did not find anything worth. But anyway its dangerous not just for foreing people or turist, its dangerous for everyone. I've walked there all my life, this is the first time someone try to rob me, so i recomend to be always carefull, never let your guard down.
  • This place felt so alive. You can feel the pulse of the city beating here with so many people doing various activities, ranging from preaching religion, social activities, to merely sitting while feeding the pigeons
  • A crowded place full of people from different countries. Also you could fine local artists showing their paintings.

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