Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), Lima

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Soak in the history of Lima's original town square at Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). When the city was founded in 1535, its design required a central plaza from which a grid system of streets could be constructed. Nearly 500 years later, the grand plaza remains at the heart of Lima life. Admire the landmark buildings lining the plaza, such as the government palace, the municipal palace, and the city's cathedral. Ask one of the English-speaking tourism assistants, who are stationed in the square, for any advice you might need. Put Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and other Lima attractions into our Lima planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This is a must see when staying in Lima city. Walking around and seeing its great colonial buildings is just amazing. We visited the Cathedral of Lima as well, which is right next to the Plaza...  more »
  • Unfortunately, when we visited the center of the square was closed, so we could only walk around the outskirts. The views were still beautiful however and we enjoyed visiting the beautiful church and....  more »
  • It is a typical tourist spot, you will get hassled to bye art! Visit both during the day and at night, the nightly vendors sell some beautiful handicrafts!  more »
  • The enormous main plaza of Lima City. There are many famous points of interest around. Cathedral Lima, Government Palace of Peru, Municipal Palace, Cocoa Museum, and etc. Today I saw a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the plaza. It should be extremely safe as there are hundreds of policemen around. If you only have one day for this city, you should definitely start from this place.
  • Definitely a cool place that you're going to want to visit. it wasn't anything absolutely special but I wish the next time I do go here I wish I could learn a bit more of the history. There are a lot of free tours that go to this area but unfortunatelyI didn't have the time and I know if I went on the Free tour I would think differently of this place but even without the tour it's still worth visiting
  • Sundays are perfect for walking around. Cars are banned. There are activities to enjoy with your kids and to remember when you were kids too. History and fun mix well.
  • Major tourist attraction. Sometimes the plaza is full of demonstrators but police is holding them in bay. Actually is nothing obstacles the joy of viewing the magnificent square
  • Did a free walking tour around Lima’s Centro Cívico (go to tourist information center! They have so many options and good recommendations!). The area is full of antique, colonial-style buildings (almost all of them are protected by UNESCO. The squares are full of flowers and the churches are gorgeous!! The tour guide was Susana, she knows so many things about her country! Really lovely. At midday we were able to see the change of guards at the National Palace (it happens every midday). Highly recommend this tour.

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