Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Once considered the heart of old Lima, this grand plaza features many important architectural monuments and buildings including a magnificent bronze fountain dating from 1650, the Archbishop's Palace with its elegant balconies and the Government Palace dating from 1924.
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  • KarenM1_10
    1,084 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming area
    We visited the Old Town with a tour from our cruise ship. As you make your way to Plaza Mayor, you will notice that most of the area is not open to traffic. When you arrive, you can see the Government Palace, Town Hall, Bishop’s Palace, and the Cathedral. We spent a great deal of time in the Cathedral, and it is very beautiful with the side altars and stained-glass
    Visited January 2023
    Written May 25, 2023
  • stevebintley
    Bedford, United Kingdom7,086 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit place in the city
    Lovely large square with the impressive buildings to admire. It’s a shame that it’s still cordoned off with barriers so you can’t wander through the parks in the centre, instead being restricted to the perimeter, but fight to the front of the crowds and it’s still impressive. Plenty going on and to observe, with the services from the cathedral coming and going, and it’s a must visit for anyone’s first time in the city.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 20, 2023
  • TheExplorerFamily
    Somerset, New Jersey6,451 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Very Large Plaza with a Lot of History
    The Plaza Mayor, or the Plaza de Armas, is considered to be the birthplace of the city of Lima. The Main Square is surrounded by the Presidential Palace, the Arch Bishop’s Palace, the Cathedral, the Town Hall, and a large Fountain in the center of it all. It is a hub where people gather, children parade, and tourists gawk at the colonial architecture. What impressed us most were those stunning, carved wood and metal Balconies. We arrived with a Tour Guide who regaled us with a lot of the History of the place. We wished we could have stayed longer. Certainly, a place to visit if you find yourself in Lima.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Jasmine Smith
    United States8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit this place! You won't regret
    Beautiful place with colonial architecture around. Clean streets and it feels safe to walk by. We enjoyed watching the changing of the guards at the presidential building. Must-see place in Lima! Definitely recommend this one!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 14, 2023
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Eduardo R
Aguas Calientes, Peru1,012 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Changing the guard is a horror. The guards close the square at 11:30 am and do not let tourists in! You have to be there before they close. They are quite truculent and armed. It seems that there is an explicit discrimination. They let in those who are white with European faces and bar their own citizens. The square is practically empty! A national shame! I am not coming back! Avoid!
Written February 21, 2020
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Renato
Sao Paulo, SP100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
La Plaza de Armas is located at Lima city center and is the office building of Peruvian government. Is a historical place surrounded with several very well preserved buildings and other tourist sites such as San Francisco church. The place is very clean and full with lots of employees from Lima Tourist Department strategically located to give you informations and directions. Everyday, starting from 11:45, takes place the place the palace’s guard exchange. Certainly worth the visit.
Written January 12, 2020
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ9,878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Tha Plaza de Armas (aka Plaza Mayor) is the heart of Historic Lima surrounded by main the city's main attractions -- Catedral de Lima & Archbishop's Palace, Lima City Hall, and Peru's Presidential Palace. Beautiful fountain in the center, beautiful gardens and the "Lima Sign". A Must See!!
Written April 25, 2020
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MrsWYN-R
North Yorkshire, UK3,041 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We were on a walking tour in down town Lima. The main square is definitely worth finding and ensure that you have your camera at the ready.

Immaculate gardens surrounded by beautiful colourful buildings and fountains. Buildings in the main square include the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and Lima Cathedral. If you are lucky you may experience the military band and the appearance of The President.
Written March 29, 2020
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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Must do is to walk, meander, and explore historic Lima. The Plaza Mayor is but one focal point in the neighborhood. Quite ceremonial in design, and impressive on the scale of Madrid and Barcelona.

Much of Lima is chaotic and full of fast weaving automobiles and buses. The Plaza Mayor and surrounding streets are relatively calm.

Do look up as you wander and check out the contrasting architecture and building facades.
Written January 14, 2020
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ilove2travel73
Toronto, Canada292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Spent a full day within the historic Plaza de Armas de Lima. Beautiful colonial architecture! It was the beginning of Carnaval so we were privileged to see a colourful parade from local church parishes.
The highlight was our tour through the Cathedral de Lima.....remarkable history and interior facades (including the tour of graves below the Cathedral.
Written March 1, 2020
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,084 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We visited the Old Town with a tour from our cruise ship. As you make your way to Plaza Mayor, you will notice that most of the area is not open to traffic. When you arrive, you can see the Government Palace, Town Hall, Bishop’s Palace, and the Cathedral. We spent a great deal of time in the Cathedral, and it is very beautiful with the side altars and stained-glass
Written May 25, 2023
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,451 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
The Plaza Mayor, or the Plaza de Armas, is considered to be the birthplace of the city of Lima. The Main Square is surrounded by the Presidential Palace, the Arch Bishop’s Palace, the Cathedral, the Town Hall, and a large Fountain in the center of it all.

It is a hub where people gather, children parade, and tourists gawk at the colonial architecture. What impressed us most were those stunning, carved wood and metal Balconies.

We arrived with a Tour Guide who regaled us with a lot of the History of the place. We wished we could have stayed longer.

Certainly, a place to visit if you find yourself in Lima.
Written October 7, 2023
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stevebintley
Bedford, UK7,086 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Lovely large square with the impressive buildings to admire. It’s a shame that it’s still cordoned off with barriers so you can’t wander through the parks in the centre, instead being restricted to the perimeter, but fight to the front of the crowds and it’s still impressive. Plenty going on and to observe, with the services from the cathedral coming and going, and it’s a must visit for anyone’s first time in the city.
Written September 20, 2023
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bcsystems
Ann Arbor, MI4,046 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
A really big plaza that seems to be the hub of the city. A strong Spanish influence and leads to many nearby interesting side streets, shops, restaurants and bars. It was nice coming here early in the morning when it was less crowded.
Written November 18, 2022
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