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Review of Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This central plaza features famous monuments, the Governor's palace and is the point from which all distances to other parts of Chile are measured.
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“Bustling, historical quarter....”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

This palm covered square is the soul of the city and if you only have time for a quick orientation tour then this quarter will immerse you in some of its history. We came into the city for only a few hours from Valparaiso where our cruise ship was docked for the day only.

If you have more than a day then this city’s energetic, noisy (and polluted) atmosphere really starts here and like any major city, it bustles with weekday traffic and people (but has more than a few canine visitors too).

The plaza has a typical square grid pattern surrounded by historical monuments, fountains, buildings that include the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago (amazing), Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago and if you need to post something home then visit the unusual and stunning Correo Central – the Central Post Office Building.

Plaza de Armas is also one of the city’s social hubs with a couple of pedestrian malls branching out and include handicrafts stalls, buskers, cafes and shops. Although we didn’t have time, many museums are within a few blocks walk and it’s a great place to people watch while sipping a glass of Chilean wine.

Enjoy your experience!

Visited March 2013
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“Plaza de Armas”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

The plaza is central to alot of sightseeing areas but it is a very sad looking plaza, dirty and the dogs, so many of them!!!!! The building around the plaza are certainly lovely, The Cathedral, National Museum, post office is located there. The Tourist Information Centre is located there and has a lovely gift area with locally made souvenirs. Well worth visiting. They also have art for sale in the plaza and there were some striking pieces for sale. In the afternoons/evenings people come together in the plaza and play card, chess and just to chat. But the dogs were still there !!!

Visited October 2013
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“Central Plaza in a City of Six Million”
Reviewed 23 December 2013

Plaza de Armas dates back to the mid-1500s. In the fashion of many Spanish cities, a block in the city's center was left as a parade ground. Surrounding the plaza are many interesting buildings and attractions, such as the cathedral and the national museum of history. A busy place, but what's the deal with so many dogs laying around looking half dead?

Visited December 2013
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“Ok place to people watch”
Reviewed 20 December 2013

I came here to meet my tour guide and he explained quite a bit of the area. There is definitely things to do if you enjoy museums. Great place to people watch!

Visited November 2013
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“Nice historical Place”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

I was there for a really short ammount of time. I was on a walking tour of the city, and juust came from La Moneda.
But the place is really nice for pictures and for seeing some local culture and street artists.

Visited October 2013
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