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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 #45 of 135 attractions in Santiago
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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Singapore
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112 reviews 112 reviews
51 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Australia
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308 attraction reviews
443 helpful votes 443 helpful votes
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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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286 reviews 286 reviews
79 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
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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Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

I came here to meet my tour guide and he explained quite a bit of the area. There is definitely things to do if you enjoy museums. Great place to people watch!

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I was there for a really short ammount of time. I was on a walking tour of the city, and juust came from La Moneda. But the place is really nice for pictures and for seeing some local culture and street artists.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We found this place so amazing. Men playing chess. People were singing, and protesting this and that, all the while soldiers standing by, looking rather amused themselves, whilst keeping an eye on everything. Outdoor restaurants and Patios. A very beautiful old church that is open to the public. Close to the presidential palace. Advisable to keep your belongings close, and... More

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Plaza de Armas is worth seeing on a walking tour of the city. Several historical buildings such as the Cathedral, Main Post Office and Cabildo can be found around the square. No matter how hungry, thirsty or tired you are, stay away from Marco Polo Pizza, a tempting sidewalk cafe right across from the aboriginals monument. We had the worse... More

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