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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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  • Is one of the rides that do feel the atmosphere of the city centre. View the people, see the historic buildings. The most beautiful is the Cathedral. Worth a stop for prayer.
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  • Old building with lots of history in Santiago, capital of Chile... striking by its ornate. Classical visit in that area.
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  • The Plaza de Armas is a square which is a very popular place for the locals with a wide variety of activities to watch. Street vendors, artisans, street performers, fountains, statues, etc.  more »
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  • I'm not saying don't go here, but the Plaza de Armas really is just a plaza. I went here on New Year's Day, and it was full of Chile's immigrant working class. I saw the police arrest a woman for selling bottled water, and she resisted and screamed. I'm from San Francisco, and I enjoy seeing beneath the glossy surface of Chile's economic success and the socio-economic reality. We passed through the plaza two days later, and it was full of tourists.
  • Great place to go during the day, sketchy at night! Crowded and noisy, but that is not a big deal if you are just passing by (don't get a hotel there though). Really important for historical and cultural reasons, close to many museums, Santiago landmarks and governamental buildings. A lot of restaurants and places to grab a meal, but none of them is actually good, although they are cheap. Again, avoid this place when it's dark.
  • Every secobd day you have the opportunity to see the change of the guard in this Government buildings. It's great.
  • Having stayed right on the Plaza in an AirBNB for a week, I can tell you that it is always definitely alive. From early morning, there are people selling goods and food. Buskers entertain large crowds throughout the day or you might prefer to check out the chess players. Children (and adults) swim in the fountain and this zest of life is made spicier with the ongoing rantings of religious folk on loud speakers. At night, the square begins to shift its atmosphere with many homeless sleeping there and city dogs coming home for rest for the night. By 6am, the council has already been through with rubbish collection and cleaners to reset the square for the next day.
  • Nothing really there. Nice architecture. Only go during change of the guard.