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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 9 February 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
Thank Glen U
Reviewed 27 December 2018

Along with Plaza de Armas, Plaza San Martin is spectacular and should be on your must-see list. The two are connected via Union Street, so it’s easy to walk between the two. Plaza San Martin was inaugurated in 1921 on the 100th anniversary of Peruvian...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Linda Y
Reviewed 21 December 2018

Smaller central square surrounded by very architecturally attractive edifices dating to the seventeenth century. A recent fire gutted one notable structure that for now blemishes the overall appearance. San Martin is a giant in Peruvian history, and this pretty place does offer appropriate tribute.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Fred_Kadin
Reviewed 9 December 2018

Take some time to stroll through this square and its surrounding. There are several nice cafes around the square to get nice cappuccino ...

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NayiU
Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

Lots of busy traffic going around, so you can't say it was relaxing. Enjoyed the old buildings that surround it. Taxi area is handy.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 422iana
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Not the largest plaza and a lot of traffic around it. You will find plenty of banks and exchange places around the plaza. Good place to people watch as it is not one of the main tourist plazas. Huge statue of San Martin

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Andreas M
Reviewed 2 September 2018

The historic district has many plazas and/or squares, and this is one of them. Interesting architecture and history. If you are downtown, take a look and stroll through.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank John D
Reviewed 30 August 2018

A largish square with busy traffic circling it, this square has a bronze statue of General San Martin astride his horse. Also referred to as Independence Square by our taxi driver, there are impressive colonial buildings surrounding it. There are neat gardens, trees and paving,...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Aglassortwo
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Nice little square. Just plagued and ruined by taxi drivers. All of them chronically honking at you to the point where you want to wear ear plugs. Very crowded with traffic. One of my least favorite plazas in the city because of the tidal wave...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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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
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