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 mayor, there is great movement of people. Worth visiting it, nearby is the central market and one of the best places to make empanadas: Zunino
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  • I go to Santiago for business at least once a year and I always go to Plaza de Armas because of its location and its touristic atmosphere.  more »
  • fairly easy meet Santiago from Plaza de Armas, where was born the city, as there are many historical places surrounding the Plaza, very easy to walk on foot, by Metro or bus for Santiago.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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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