Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

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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
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
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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Neighborhood: Cercado de Lima
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Tony Mongrut
Lima, Peru18 contributions
Dec 2019
This historical place that is located in downtown Lima, has among his attractions, the change of guards in the government palace, where our President lives, the Main Cathedral, The City Hall, and just a few blocks a special boulevard, named Chabuca Granda, in Honour of our most talented composer of peruvian Music, famous for songs like "la flor de la Canela" "José Antonio" and many more. In this Boulevard, you only need to wear informal clothes, no expensive watches or cam corders, because it is a common place where people go to eat typical dishes from Perú, like arroz con leche, mazamorra morada, picarones, anticuchos, and peruvian handicrafts, or you can have your portarit painted, the salespeople hired from the city hall, provide you with clean healthy food, I just mentioned, the red carts.
Also there are shows made by street artists, but I´d rather you didn't get too close, just to avoid any problem, like language, If you are in a group, fantastic!

You can also hire the religious circuit, with a travel agency, so you will visit important churches with a tour guide.
Written February 2, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,618 contributions
Oct 2019
Remember, everything started here ... On January 18, 1535, Spanish "Conquistador" Francisco Pizarro founded the City of Lima and, right at this very site, designated where the "Plaza de Armas" (or "Plaza Mayor") would be built! Just amazing! The other buildings came some time after, being built and rebuilt along the centuries up to their todays' features - the "Catedral de Lima", the "Parroquia del Sagrario and the central water fountain (all from the 17th century); the "Palacio Arzobispal", the "Palacio de Gobierno", the "Palacio Municipal de Lima" and the "Palacio de la Unión" (all dating the 20th century) constitute the city's focal point. You are just about to visit the very heart of Lima, its beautiful historic center, locally known as "Cercado de Lima". Take your time and stroll along, enjoy the views, the lovely manicured gardens and lawns, the "Changing of the Guard" at noon in front of the "Palacio de Gobierno" and visit the interior of all buildings that allow so! And as a curiosity, Peru's independence from Spain was proclaimed right here in 1821! Don't forget your camera! Enjoy!
Written June 5, 2020
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada9,092 contributions
Jan 2020
We visited the Plaza de Armas on a walking tour of downtown Lima. Our views were not as great as they could have been because they were setting up for a big celebration with popular musical groups that evening. The real treat was the wonderful band that played following the changing of the guards.
Written March 29, 2020
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Eduardo R
Aguas Calientes, Peru1,010 contributions
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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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ6,752 contributions
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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Renato
Sao Paulo, SP100 contributions
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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MrsWYN-R
Somerset, UK2,613 contributions
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, CA2,202 contributions
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, Canada280 contributions
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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Angela L
Katy, TX86 contributions
May 2021
Unfortunately, when we visited the center of the square was closed, so we could only walk around the outskirts. The views were still beautiful however and we enjoyed visiting the beautiful church and archbishop palace. There was also a sandwich shop there called El Chinito that had many customers, but we didn't get to try it.
Written June 8, 2021
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