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Plaza San Martin

Lima, Peru (San Isidro)
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Ranked #42 of 129 attractions in Lima
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Less well known than Plaza de Armas, this square has a more relaxed feel. There are shady trees, fountains and lots of seating in the middle. The surrounding white neo classical buildings were all built in the early 20th century and work sympathetically as a whole. A statue of Jose de San Martin sits atop a horse in the very... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We liked this plaza better than Plaza Major, the main square of Lima, the reasons being that it is much larger, is multi-level, and has more trees. it also seemed to be used by more people. The afternoon we visited there appeared to be a small political rally going on. This plaza is a 10-15 walk from Plaza Major, so... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

And we went to one small sandwich shop for lunch. But really after spending a few hours at Plaza de Armas, we didnt have much energy left for this one.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

This impressive square is worthy of any capital city, and contrasts with the generally dismal appearance of the rest of Lima. It is quite enormous, with four fountains in the centre, together with the handsome statue of San Martin himself, that matches the artistic eminence of the Gattamelata by Donatello in Padua and the Colleoni by Verrocchio in Venice. Its... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

A pretty plaza with some nice architecture surrounding the plaza. It's worth a stroll and some pictures while you are in the center of Lima.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Of the two plazas most likely to be visited by the touring public, which are also interlinked by a pedestrian walkway, I believe this to be the more attractive. There is a greater array of scenery and opportunity to rest, and simply soak up the surrounds. Certainly there are those seeking your attention here, but they are also less persistent... More

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This is without doubt the most beautiful square in South America - Belle Epoque, and it is maintained clean.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Best viewed in the context of the surrounding historical district, the Plaza San Martin is one of the most common public spaces in Lima. Flanked by the Gran Hotel Bolivar and Club Nacional, the Plaza was built to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence and features a large statue of Jose de San Martin at its center. The smaller statue... More

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Lima, Lima, Peru
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9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

We went walking arround lima downtown with my friends Nick and Alec that were staying at my hostel Barrankito Guest House, visiting plaza san martin, jiron de la union, and most of the touristic places to finally end the tour with a peruvian-chinese cousine called Chifa with Alec enjoyed so much that didnt stoped asking for it the rest of... More

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Super encantadora, very charming. Nice to sit on a bench and people watch for a few hours.

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