Why? For a variety of reasons. To get away from the noise and pollution of the city streets primarily. They aren't particularly beautiful because they aren't being maintained properly and the citizens dump there trash wherever they go but they are green with lots of very mature trees and the fountains do work. Aside from the city central parks the rest are pretty thrashed with graffiti, garbage, wear and tear from skateboarders and vandals.
However, Plaza Independencia and its satellite plazas are worth visiting because they have lots of artists and craftsman displaying there wares some of which have exceptional talent. Also there will be street entertainers there and sometimes excellent music. I witnessed a group performing Africaan art and they were PROFESSIONAL as well as an Ecuadoran group playing on there pan pipes, they also sold CDs of there music. The street entertainers were great, someone was doing Edward Scissorhands, there were a couple of mannequins and a balloon artist that specialized in doing the pink panther. There is a modern museum there which I didn't see because I don't respect modern art. Pigeons do modern art just as well. The park is a great place to take a stroll, you don't have to watch your footing there. Lots of eateries nearby. Each of the satellite plazas has a decorative theme but you can count on all of them for shade because of the bountiful mature trees.
Plaza Independencia is the main central plaza of Mendoza. It has quite an impressive garden, full of trees and benches and lovely lamp-posts, children's playground, a museum, a theatre and topped with a semi-circular fountain.
There are 4 other smaller squares equidistant from the main plaza - Plaza Espana, Plaza Italia, Plaza Chile and Plaza San Martin.
On weekends, there are a few rows of handicraft stalls lining on one side of the plaza.
It's the heart of Mendoza after 1861's earthquake, a beautiful plaza to enjoy, watch street shows, lay under the sun and buying souvenirs.
This square has another 4 squares at the same distance of it (Spain, Italy, CHile and San Martin) the reason of this was that after 1861's earthquake, people would gather in the squares as evacuation zone after a new earthquake.
This huge square was projected as the center of the new city after the earthquake that destroyed Mendoza in 1861. Surrounding it and in an equidistant way, four squares complete the matrix: San Martín, Chile, Italia and España.
Its multiple species of trees and plants are identified with its respective scientific names and the names that are normally used. Weekends are scenario of the artisan fair that every now and then are enriched with the presence of some shows. Bellow the central stage, a great saloon shelters the small Municipal Julio Quintanilla theater and the Municipal Modern Art museum with painting exibitions and contemporary sculptures.
On the west end of the square is the coat of arms of the Province of Mendoza. It has a 16-meter diameter and has 3200 color lamps that form the provincial coat of arms. This symbol was donated by the mayor of the Capital Federal, Carlos Alberto Pueyrredón and since 1937 they remained in the Caballitos de Marly roundabout, at the Parque General San Martín, and was moved in 1942 to the Plaza Independencia, where it has remained until now.
It's the principal square in Mendoza. It's a very clean and nice square!
Es la plaza principal de Mendoza Ciudad.
Es una plaza muy linda y limpia.
There is a central park called "Plaza Independencia" (Independence
Park). Surrounding it there are four more parks: Plaza San Martín, Plaza España, Plaza Italia and Plaza Chile.-