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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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an impressive square surrounded by several interesting sites

This square in the middle of the old Santiago is surrounded by several interesting buildings, including the beautiful cathedral, the city hall and several museums. On Sundays... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This square in the middle of the old Santiago is surrounded by several interesting buildings, including the beautiful cathedral, the city hall and several museums. On Sundays, there are a lot of actions. But you have to be careful to pickpockets of all ages who are streetwise to steal money from unsuspecting tourists.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is the central plaza of Santiago and a walk around this place will definitely show you the slice of Santiago, Chile! Around the Government buildings, statues, some exotic trees, this place is a must in your itinerary. just spend some time and watch around! We saw lot of university kids walking without shoes in filthy clothes taking money from... More 

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Bern
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

When visiting Santiago de Chile this square will be on every ones itinerary. It's a great place to people watch and just absorb Chilean life. Especially if you sit in one of the restaurants along the square. Right next to it is the cathedral, which is also worth a visit. But also wander around the square and get away from... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Great square with tons of actions, movement and in the center of the city where you can see a lot of the top attractions. Plan to take the red subway line and get off here as a good starting point.

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Perm, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

It has a beautiful cathedral which I recommend you to check inside!Plus,there is a touristic information center where you can find quite useful maps!There are a lot of benches under the shadows of the trees in the centre of the square,-good for rest!Many local artists give perfomances there!

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

You need to see the center; however, you don't need to spend a great deal of time there. Although, the plaza has been spruced up and it is worth the effort to visit. It doesn't require a long visit. While in the area visit the other interesting attractions that surround the plaza. A few hours will be all you need.

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Londrina, PR
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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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Danbury, United Kingdom
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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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