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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  • Main square LIMA, Unesco heritage, capital of the spanish founded by Pizarro in 1535, a very nice city with beautuful colonial mansions, morish balconies in carved wood, nice olonial churches with...  more »
  • Nice visit to Plaza De Armas. Unfortunately the day was very cold out so our time was cut short but overall glad we stopped by to see the plaza. very big and crowded.  more »
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  • 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.
  • The square is located in Lima old town and it is a must see if you're visiting Lima. The oldest building in the square is the cathedral, which is now not used for messes. The second most important building is the presidential palace, very nice indeed and with a guard change show held every day. The other buildings are from in colonial style, in the typical ocra colour. The square is nice during the day, however it becomes a bit dangerous at night, so make sure you visit it with daylight.
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