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Plaza de Armas

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Address: Calle Compania and Calle Estado, Santiago, Chile
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: People-watching
Description: This central plaza features famous monuments, the Governor's palace and is...
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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City Center with History to the 1500's

The city started at this spot. From here the "master plan" was designed like a checkerboard. It is a large, open, plaza with many attractions and interesting buildings along... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Milton, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The city started at this spot. From here the "master plan" was designed like a checkerboard. It is a large, open, plaza with many attractions and interesting buildings along the perimeter including the cathedral and History Museum. This is a good place to start a tour of the different neighborhoods in the area. If this review is helpful then please... More 

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Tracy, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Plaza de Armas, Santiago, Chile, is a very busy place. It is at the end of two pedestrian shopping streets. Within the square, you will find a myriad of things going on and it changes hourly and daily. Examples of what I saw: Plaza de Armas Chess Club with @20 games going on; a band playing in the gazebo; a... More 

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Otorohanga, Waikato, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

There was some nice art work for sale. The architecture of the buildings around the square very nice.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

When is Santiago you must pay a visit to Plaza de Armes. Located in heart of Santiago. The is a lively place. Yes it's a tourist place but what do you expect when you have major sites to visit here. There are two museums and Cathedral of Santiago with great architecture. There's benches shaded by palm trees for a sit... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I was at the hostel twice and slept in 2 different rooms. Each room wasn't clean. One was without window and we lacked of fresh air. The bathroom was dirty (it looked like was not clean up after previous guests), the bed clothes did not look fresh and I was affraid to use them. One of rooms had common bathroom... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Every visit to a great city should start with the central square and this is no exception. Here you will feel the pulse of the city. The metropolitan cathedral beckons on one side. The old post office, a very beautiful edifice, is on another. Many municipal buildings flank the other sides of the square. Interesting sculptures and the requisite fountains... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Plaza de Armas has a lot of activity , Grand buildings, crowded streets, lots of traffic, many shops, restaurants, cafes and 2 museums, maybe more. There was major construction going on at the time so we did not see all. We walked around and visited the wonderful 'pre-Columbian museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I wonder why most city centers in Central and South America as well as those in Spain are called, "Plaza de Armas". The one in Santiago has everything: churches/cathedrals, museums, statues, Post Office, restaurants, shops, people showing their talents (magic, drum playing, paintings), a gazebo, Tourist Office, money changers,etc. Located about 5 minutes away from our rented high rise condo,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This square is well kept, and offer a nice view of Chile, from their tourist to locals. I has a good experience walking around, watching some street art sellers and going into the nearby museums, or just chilling and enjoying the winter sun. It does have too little green, and in summer it can get VERY hot, but the cafes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This plaza is home to the cathedral and the memorial to the native people of Chile. The plaza is a lively area of the city and is well worth a visit.

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