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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing very special here, except the symbols associated with this place. Take an attentive look at the statue in the middle, especially at the woman standing for liberty and try to guess why she is wearing a Lama on her head! ;) When visiting Lima,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Plaza is another main attraction of Lima which is slightly outside of the Main attraction of the Historical district.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kiltmaker2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The taxi dropped us there because it was easier due to the traffic in the historical center. It's a nice start point otherwise there doesn't to be something special there...

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Nick_shogatack
Reviewed August 5, 2019 via mobile

If you are touring Lima central then you must stop here. Large, clean square surrounded by historic imposing buildings. Large statue in the centre for selfies (exactly as Martin imagined). Popular shopping, banking and food surround the square and in the streets.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Neil F
Reviewed June 30, 2019

The 4-star rating is due to several factors. First, the plaza is a rather newer addition to the City of Kings whose history approaching a six hundred years mark; Plaza San-Martin was opened 98 years ago, in 1921, the hundred-year, centenary, anniversary of Peru's independence...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Reviewed May 18, 2019

Take the time to visit this plaza as well as the Plaza Mayor which is close by. Get a historic feel for the city.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 15, 2019

General Jose San Martin stands tall and proud upon his horse at the center of this beautiful square. He declared Peru's independence in 1821. Colonial-style buildings surround this square, including Gran Hotel Bolivar - named after Simon Bolivar, another liberator of South America.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019 via mobile

Plaza San Martin was built for the 100th anniversary of establishing Peru as a free country 1921. In the center you can see the statue of anticolonial leader Jose de San Martin. All the buildings around the square are white and built in neocolonial style....More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Unelma333
Reviewed March 23, 2019

Surrounded on all four sides by imposing (kind of "stately" I would say) all-white heritage buildings and with well-maintained grass & colorful flowers, this beautiful square is where you'll also see a great equestrian statue of General San Martin in the middle of the square...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Myo M
Reviewed February 9, 2019

You may overlook this historical square, instead concentrating on the larger main square, but they are relatively closely connected and well worth the visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Gary Allen J
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She represents “liberty” to commemorate the anniversary of Peru’s independence. There is a funny story about why she has a llama (animal) on her head. It should have been a flame but the word for flame in Spanish is also... More