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Address: Merida, Mexico
Activities: Arts and crafts, Shopping
Description: Also known as Plaza de Armas, this city square contains some of the most...
Also known as Plaza de Armas, this city square contains some of the most historically significant and aesthetically pleasing buildings in Merida.
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One of the most beautiful city squares in North America

It's impossible to come to Merida and not be drawn to this square, which is just as beautiful as Jackson Square in New Orleans but far less jammed with tourists, and much more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Lexington, Virginia
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Lexington, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

It's impossible to come to Merida and not be drawn to this square, which is just as beautiful as Jackson Square in New Orleans but far less jammed with tourists, and much more interesting to visit. Make sure to go inside the Governor's Palace, an arcaded building on the north side of the square that has a series of huge... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Nice square with shady trees and benches to seat and enjoy the passing crowds. On Sundays it gets hyper packed. They have a flag ceremony every morning.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The plaza is vibrant. With the cathedral, the Plaza de la Independencia Anode the small central park it is all full of life. There are small streets lined with colorful shops. Photo opportunities are around every corner. Carriage rides are available. Be sure and take time to stroll around and take in the wonderful ambience. Try not to be tethered... More 

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Newmarket, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This was a happening place that reminded me of a old European square. It was quite the experience and a focal point for tourism and the city of Merida.

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Corozal, Belize
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The central or Grande Plaza is indeed the center of Merida dominated by the main cathedral. There is always something going on there to include free first rate concerts.

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Sun City West, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Large, leafy square with lots of life - shoe shine stops, kids playing, people chatting. Really the heart of the city.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

There are many grand central plazas or zocolos in every city, Puebla, town in Mexico. There was not the usual restaurants etc, just lots of shopping around the plaza in all directions.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Kudos to Merida for sponsoring dance and music performances practically everywhere, at least during January, and particularly in the plaza. We saw first-class dancers, heard terrific singers. It's a bit hard getting info on what's going on where unless you're fluent in Spanish. If you have only one day to visit, make it Sunday, when local vendors display their handicrafts,... More 

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Navi Mumbai, India
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

a typical city square in the city. shops, a cathedral and green. you can walk around and take in the atmosphere of the place. not too modern so still retains its charm. bargain well if shopping.

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Maryland
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15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

As in most Mexican cities the plaza is at the center of the historic district and provides a semi-quiet spot to rest your feet and people watch. The Plaza has free wi-fi so there are usually a lot of teenagers there on their phones, but quietly. The locals know which benches are likely to be in the shade the longest... More 

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