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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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Grand Plaza De Armas

Just like in many Spanish towns the plaza de Armas is the center of everything and a must-visit. The square is surrounded by the Palacio de los Gobernadores, the Palacio de la... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Miami Beach, Florida
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Londrina, PR
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Thets were it all gets together! We walked there from the La Moneda, seeing the city "downtown"! Its way cheapper there than at other places Lots of cops looking around! Lots of weird people looking at tourists too...

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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Just like in many Spanish towns the plaza de Armas is the center of everything and a must-visit. The square is surrounded by the Palacio de los Gobernadores, the Palacio de la Real Audiencia and the Municipalidad de Santiago. We just sat there for a while and watched the people from all over the world getting together at the heart... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Last year I visited the Plaza and was very disappointed 😞. It was closed to be rehabbed and foot traffic was limited to the outskirts. Access to the Metropolitana basilica was difficult. Now,the plaza is open, benches, walkways, vegetation, flora has returned!! 😀 It has truly been revitalized as the center of city life,where you can relax and enjoy a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

it is cool under the trees if you can find a seat. Most of the spare ones are in full sun. However this is the centre of old Santiago and a good starting point for visits to Museums, Churches and Shops.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The Plaza de Armas was under a lot of construction, especially with the Cathedral. However, it still presented a classy historic area in Santiago where you can purchase souvenirs, art, and other items. There are also nice restaurants where you can eat outside under an umbrella on a sunny day. There is a subway station nearby so not much walking... More 

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

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

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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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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