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Plaza de Armas

Calle Compania and Calle Estado, Santiago, Chile
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As featured in 3 days in Santiago
Ranked #51 of 153 attractions in Santiago
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: People-watching
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This central plaza features famous monuments, the Governor's palace and is the point from which all distances to other parts of Chile are measured.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

Too bad the whole square was closed for reform. Little can be seen behind the sidings... But there is other places to go from there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This would be a great place to sit and people watch, but unfortunately it was cordoned off for renovation so we were unable to enjoy this fully. We had a peep and there's some amazing artwork/statues etc within.

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Orange, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I'm sure that this is a beautiful square when its fully open, but otherwise, this was a big disappointment. It's worth going to see the Cathedral, but other then that, the entire plaza is walled off. There were just a few cafes open, so we couldn't really find a good place to people watch. Probably still worth a quick visit,... More

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

A large square surrounded by churches, historical buildings, monuments, tourist info centre, vendors, street performers, tarot readers and chess club. Many of the streets in this area are pedestrian only and the Plaza de Armas subway is here as well. As of April 2014, a large portion is closed for renovations.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The whole Plaza de Armas was cordoned off both times I went there in early and late Feb for renovation. No point visiting for now unless you have other business in the area.

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Kelowna, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

At the moment the whole square is partitioned off as they do construction. There really is no Plaza only the buildings surrounding it.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Santiago is a large city with many things to look at. This square with some of the largest palm trees I’ve seen is the center of things. The national cathedral faces it, and the national history museum also faces it. There is the obligatory statute of Bernardo O'Higgins at one end. Also on some Sundays there is a market. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This palm covered square is the soul of the city and if you only have time for a quick orientation tour then this quarter will immerse you in some of its history. We came into the city for only a few hours from Valparaiso where our cruise ship was docked for the day only. If you have more than a... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

The plaza is central to alot of sightseeing areas but it is a very sad looking plaza, dirty and the dogs, so many of them!!!!! The building around the plaza are certainly lovely, The Cathedral, National Museum, post office is located there. The Tourist Information Centre is located there and has a lovely gift area with locally made souvenirs. Well... More

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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Plaza de Armas dates back to the mid-1500s. In the fashion of many Spanish cities, a block in the city's center was left as a parade ground. Surrounding the plaza are many interesting buildings and attractions, such as the cathedral and the national museum of history. A busy place, but what's the deal with so many dogs laying around looking... More

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