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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  • Dreadful experience. There were government protests going on so the square was being cordoned off when we arrived and riot police with guns were everywhere. Apparently the protests are happening more....  more
    Dreadful experience. There were government protests going on so the square was being cordoned off when we arrived and riot police with guns were everywhere. Apparently the protests are happening more....  more »
  • We visited Plaza de Armas on a Wednesday afternoon, when it wasn't too busy it has some fantastic architecture and some good bars/restaurants near by. 
    We visited Plaza de Armas on a Wednesday afternoon, when it wasn't too busy it has some fantastic architecture and some good bars/restaurants near by.  more »
  • We loved walking across this square. It was very clean, lovely gardens and impressive buildings. Excellent for a photo or two too; and if you’re visiting Lima this should most certainly be on your... 
    We loved walking across this square. It was very clean, lovely gardens and impressive buildings. Excellent for a photo or two too; and if you’re visiting Lima this should most certainly be on your...  more »
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  • A very calm place where you can sit and chat with friends or take great photos and draw. You must always be extra careful in the centre of Lima but there's enough of a police presence in the Plaza de Armas to feel a sense of security (not saying to drop your guard). An overall enjoyable place to relax, very tranquil and with good architecture; the church and other buildings.
  • Beautiful plaza with great restaurants around it. Go there at late afternoon and stay till Night time to see the square light up. Visit all the other things around like San Francisco cathedral and others.
  • Beautiful colonial place. Usually nearby streets are closed so taxis drop you 1 or 2 streets close. Businesses close at 9 o'clock. Be careful at night. @aitch_koch
  • Nice place to visit. Clean, tidy and big whit many photo locations. Definitely must see location in Lima.
  • It is great to visit this historic place with lots of ancient monuments and seat of power in Perú. The place is well maintained. A must see place.

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