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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  • Very beautiful with a lot of history, i.e. surprise to see how schools used their historical sites to teach.
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  • In the main cities of South America (except Brazil) it is mandatory to know the minimum of what happened at the site.
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  • the glare and magnificencing of the viceroyalty years of Peru are captured. The visit is completed with the change of guards of the government palace. The main square and its adjoining government palaces an architectural marvel with its unique balconies from the golden age of Lima. Must-see
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  • Really great historical plaza. Many different areas to explore and learn. Area can be dangerous at night so only visit during the day. If you can make it for the changing of the guard at the palace try to do so! Its lots of fun. There are also plenty of nearby markets and areas to see a view of the city.
  • Iconic and beautiful. Great shopping on the surrounding streets. Got a great leather purse for 15% of US prices in the market around the corner. There's a huge beading shop, too.
  • The main square of Lima or Plaza de Armas is a beautiful colonial place. It offers great views of the cathedral, government palace, and the balconies in the other buildings. The main problem around here is that it could be dangerous. Even though the police officers, there are thieves that will try to take advantage of any carelessness. Be careful with your staff and try to keep your cameras, cellphones, or other valuables in a safe place. Be aware if anybody is following you and try to don’t have your backpack unattended even when you’re walking.
  • The central square of Lima. It was very lively and full of culture. There are multiple places to go and see and if you time it right (11:45am) you can see the changing of the guard. Worth a visit if you are in Lima.
  • Nice place, historic buildings and way more to see. I highly recommend to visit the convent and the church.. Also at 12m there is a change in the guard of the government house in the main plaza, its really nice to see that.
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