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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  • If you go to Peru, don’t only go to Cuzco, even though Machu Picchu is amazing, Lima downtown is beautiful, it’s a Spanish colonial plaza, and you can see the cathedral, Government Palace, the archbis...  more »
  • It is beautiful this well cared for and looks a lot like all the squares of many cities of South America, well policed, many schoolchildren visiting beautiful to view.
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  • Lima is not known for its beauty. Very crowded and chaotic city. Some residential neighborhoods like Miraflores are sorted and calmer. However a visit worth the square if that is true. Cathedral on one side and beautiful buildings around. We saw the changing of the guard. Visit to the Cathedral is payment. Inside there is a museum with beautiful pieces. You can also visit the catacombs.
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  • It's nice here
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  • Compulsory visit anytime attractive and picturesque
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