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. By using our Santiago trip itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Plaza de Armas and other attractions in Santiago.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Santiago is a pleasant place in December, and Plaza de Armas is at its centre. You will enjoy the beautiful buildings and the square itself, but for the buzz part of the city, go consider Bella Vista.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Really poorly attended, being the main square with a lovely Cathedral they were waiting for something different, more control and more cleaning. Would not return in the evening.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Besides the architecture, is where there is the changing of the guard. Any tourist must watch this incredible activity and that stands out!
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  • July 26, 2017
    A cool historic location in Santiago. "Free Tours" also does daily fee walking tours from this location in English, Portuguese, and Spanish at 10am and 3pm. Don't just look up, there is a cool map in the square of the original Santiago before la Canada River dried up and was eventually turned into a road.
  • July 16, 2017
    Good and historical place. Someone must visit but in sitting areas mostly seats are occupied by prostitutes and gays. Don't feel secure. Police should remove those people and let this place free for genuine visitors.
  • July 4, 2017
    Like most Plaza de Armas' in South America, it's average at best compared to the hype. The Cathedral is very good. Not much else to do. No good cafés on the Plaza, just tacky junk food inside nearby buildings. Very dodgy at night sadly. Recent violent robberies and anti-social behaviour from local elements at night. Totally fine during the day though.
  • May 17, 2017
    A very busy square, possibly the busiest square in Santiago. There are strip malls nearby. Many stalls beside the square foot tourist shopping and food. Lot of trees, easy to find a spot to relax under the trees. There is a post office beside the church if you need postcards and stamps!
  • May 26, 2017
    The most beautiful place in all of Santiago. The free walking tours at 10 am and 3 pm are something you shouldn't miss! The guides are energetic, friendly and give out a lot of historical information.

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