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Plaza de Armas

Address: Calle Compania and Calle Estado, Santiago, Chile
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Santiago City Sightseeing Tour
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Ranked #57 of 155 Attractions in Santiago
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: People-watching
Fee: No
Owner description: This central plaza features famous monuments, the Governor's palace...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: People-watching
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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cheshire
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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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Dallas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The Cathedral was covered for renovation and the National Museum of History was closed for renovation in December 2014. The buildings were kind of plain, compared to those in the Plaza de Armas in other countries. Those in Lima and even in a smaller city like Trujillo were nicer. Also, the streets around the Plaza were always packed with people,... More 

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Jackson Heights, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Traditional Spanish military approach to organizing and architecture; beautiful square with lots to see and tons of history. We went with a guide which made it very helpful (though a good travel book may approximate.) Was nice and quiet when we went (early December) - saw the amazing doll-filled christmas tree. Try to go when it's not too crowded -... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

The area has beautiful colonial architecture which makes for great photos in day or night, as many are lit by lights in the evening. We visited the area 3times in one day. Lunch time was hugely busy, the late afternoon also, and then into the mid evening around 9pm, the number of people had reduced but there was still many... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Shopping galore (but mostly the usual hohum you will find back at home) the streets are filled with people selling everything from clothes made in China to shoes, jewelry, and all things plastic. Hold on to your wallet and purse as the area is know for pickpockets. Don't worry though too much as the place is relatively safe with security... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We arrived in Santiago to find the plaza behind builder's hoarding... hey presto, Thursday evening there was a grand opening! The plaza is great with lots of newly planted shrubs and clean as a whistle! From the moment it opened, there were 100's of people in it and enjoying the facilities!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Under construction; Cathedral under wraps and entire center square behind huge tall metal walls as at late Oct 2014. Not very nice right now....

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