Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor), Lima

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Soak in the history of Lima's original town square at Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor). When the city was founded in 1535, its design required a central plaza from which a grid system of streets could be constructed. Nearly 500 years later, the grand plaza remains at the heart of Lima life. Admire the landmark buildings lining the plaza, such as the government palace, the municipal palace, and the city's cathedral. Ask one of the English-speaking tourism assistants, who are stationed in the square, for any advice you might need. Put Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) and other Lima attractions into our Lima planner , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Very beautiful with a lot of history, i.e. surprise to see how schools used their historical sites to teach.
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  • In the main cities of South America (except Brazil) it is mandatory to know the minimum of what happened at the site.
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  • Really great historical plaza. Many different areas to explore and learn. Area can be dangerous at night so only visit during the day. If you can make it for the changing of the guard at the palace try to do so! Its lots of fun. There are also plenty of nearby markets and areas to see a view of the city.
  • Iconic and beautiful. Great shopping on the surrounding streets. Got a great leather purse for 15% of US prices in the market around the corner. There's a huge beading shop, too.
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