Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor)

Jr. Junin and Jr. Carabaya, Lima

4.5

Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas of Lima is the first plaza constructed in Spanish South-American colonies. It is the birthplace of Peruvian capital. Since 1535 it remains the core of the city.
Plaza Mayor houses a number of significant buildings. Those are:

Government Palace or Palacio Gobierno that serves as a residence for Peruvian president. It is a 16h century Baroque Revival style immense building.
Archbishop's Palace dates back to only 1924. It is a neo-colonial structure with cedar balconies. It hosts the Archbishop of Lima and is also the headquarters of Roman Catholics of Lima.
Lima Cathedral stands next to Archbishop’s Palace. The tomb of Francisco Pizarro, Lima's first mayor, is housed in it.
Lima’s Municipal Palace that houses Lima’s city council. It is a neo-colonial structure with French Renaissance interior.
Central Fountain stands right in the middle of the plaza. It is a large bronze water fountain, constructed by the Spanish conquerors of the city, that stands in the city from 1650 up to present day.

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Reviews

  • Val Chapman

    4
    - 14 August 2018 -

    Quiet early morning. Great for photography. Take 2 hours to visit all in square. Souveneir shops close by.

  • A Google User

    5
    - 10 August 2018 -

    Nice place with exciting history (make sure you read about it or get a guide) . Lots of tourists and locals. A lot of decent restaurants around. Make sure to check reviews before choosing one.

  • A Google User

    5
    - 05 August 2018 -

    very beautiful plaza. historic district. lots of good shops and restaurants around the area. felt safe during the daylight, but after the sun went down it got a little scary. I was approached more than once and asked if I wanted marijuana, cocaine or heroin? didn't feel safe in the crowd at night. The ride back to our hotel we were stuck in traffic for 2 hours and only had to go a few kilometers.

  • A Google User

    4
    - 25 July 2018 -

    A busy and vibrant square with the presidential palace and the cathedral making up two sides. The military band which plays outside the palace is great if you can manage to catch them. Don't be put off by the riot police who guard the square. The seem pretty friendly!

  • A Google User

    5
    - 23 July 2018 -

    The center of the town, which you have to visit. I came there in the evening and I wish I had started before it started to get dark. But anyway, it was still a nice stroll in the evening. The architecture is definitely something to look at and the lighting in the dark makes it more dramatic. Besides that, there are shops and restaurants nearby.

  • Susan Yang

    5
    - 15 July 2018 -

    Beautiful square in the centre of central Lima! Has nice cafes and restaurants nearby, and is very accessible by all buses that pass through Abancay

  • A Google User

    5
    - 22 June 2018 -

    I honestly had an amazing time here, the architecture is breathtakingly beautiful. There is so much to see from the cathedral to the presidential house all circled around a traditional large fountain. This is a great place to start your vacation in Lima or even Peru for that matter as it is seen as the birthplace of Lima and has been on Unesco lists of world heritage for the last 40 years. Tip, go to the presidential house at 11.45 am you might be able to see the change of the guards.

  • Alfredo Celis

    5
    - 11 June 2018 -

    Great place to visit and start your trip in Lima. Beautifull plaza with a lot of history. Very clean and safe. You will find a lot of police and tourist walking around. The president house and the cathedral make the place very special. If you go at 11.45 am you will see the change of guard in the president house.

  • Darren Ward

    4
    - 18 January 2018 -

    What can I say to the tourists, it's the Main Square of Lima and it deserves checking out. Some great energy, restaurants, bars, museums, and nice architectural buildings. Good photo opps and a great center location to other tourist interests. Busy but has a good vibe and plenty of things to do in the area.

  • Tony Melendez

    5
    - 11 January 2018 -

    A UNESCO site, this is probably the most beautiful plaza of any old city I have seen. Its simple, yet majestic and nostalgic. Its like an episode of The Twilight Zone; where You can find this old antique in the modern city that Lima has become!

Plaza de Armas (Plaza Mayor) tours

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