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    Plaza de Armas or Plaza Mayor

    by SirRichard Written Sep 19, 2005

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    The main square

    This is the main square in Lima and the centre of the old town. It is always busy, with people coming and going and often parades, demonstrations... 140 square meters.
    Around it you will find:
    - The Cathedral
    - Archibishop Palace
    - Government Palace
    - Pizarro statue

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    Plaza de Armas (or Plaza Mayor)

    by ValbyDK Updated Aug 3, 2012

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    Plaza de Armas (or Plaza Mayor) is a place of historical importance as the city of Lima was founded here in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, and in 1821, José San Martin proclaimed the Independence of Peru at the same spot...

    And what’s more natural than to start sightseeing in Lima at the city’s birthplace? That’s what I did and went for a walk around the square. A few palm trees, an old bronze fountain from 1650, and many colourful and impressive buildings. The buildings from the days of Francisco Pizarro are long gone, but the present buildings are absolute worth a closer look: The Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipal Palace, Palacio Nacional, the Government Palace (Palacio de Gobierno), and a few other important buildings...

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    Lima Balconies Tour

    by Rosita_lia Updated Oct 13, 2005

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    Tapada Lime��a and balconies in viceroyship
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    There were so many balconies, that "limeños" never thought of them as being unique. Lima was simply considered "the city of the balconies"

    In the viceroyship, the noble and wealthy Spanish families who settle in Lima built mansions very similar in architecture to the Arab-moresque style of spain

    Among the custom of these inmigrants, it was considered inappropiate that their women go out of doors, that is the reason why the balconies, ladies of Lima´s high society to observe what ocurred in the street without having to go outside. But if women went outside street they must to hide or cover the face, "tapar" the face, so they call them "las tapadas"

    Take the balconies tour, bacause has been declared that balconies were for Lima as was the Eiffel tower to Paris, the Statue of Liberty for New York and the Lions in Trafalgar Square for London

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    Plaza de Armas

    by Urzu Written Jun 22, 2008

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    This is the main square in Lima, it's where in the 16th century Francisco Pizarro located the center of the city. The square has hosted some of the most important events in the history of the city, and you can find many important buildings in it, such as the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Cityhall, the Archbishop Palace and the Club de la Unión.

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    Jirón de la Unión

    by Urzu Written Jun 24, 2008

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    This pedestrian streets connects the Plaza de Armas and the Plaza San Martín. It used to be a very important and aristocrat street, nowadays it's mainly a shopping street, but you can find many interesting building while you walk along. Don't forget this is a very busy street in Lima, so be careful with your belongings while walking around... it should be ok, I was there in the night time and it didn't feel dangerous, but you should watch out just in case!

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    Plaza Mayor in mist

    by Sininen Written Dec 13, 2004

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    Every morning after my breakfast i walked to Plaza Mayor. Every morning it was misty and it felt like it would begin to rain. It never did though. Around noon the sun was shining and it was nice and warm. Plaza Mayor is surrounded by beautiful and interesting buildings and is real heart of the city. Vendors come to you and try to sell their stuff but they are never too persistant. You tell them 'no' in firm tone and they leave you alone.

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    Post Office

    by thebeatsurrender Written Sep 30, 2006

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    You don't really notice how pretty it is until you look back and notice the modern meets neoclassic arched glass ceiling. There's also a postage museum, but we didn't go in. The souvenier stands that line the back are a little different from the other ones around Plaza Mayor -- I got a kitschy pack of postcards showing traditional Peruvian fashions as 50's-esque illustrations.

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    Archbishop's Palace

    by grandmaR Written Feb 18, 2009

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    Although the Archbishop's Palace has baroque elements and ornate cedar balconies which are located over the main doors - elements which might make you think it was old, it was really only constructed in the mid 1920s. It is next to the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and is the residence of the Archbishop of Lima, and the administrative headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lima.

    It is listed as It is a popular tourist attraction but I don't know if it is open to the public. We didn't go in.

    The first major church began construction in 1535. Pope Paul III turned it into an episcopal seat in 1541. In 1547, Lima was elevated to an archdiocese, which turned it by a short period, in the more extensive ecclesiastical circumscription of the world. The patron of the episcopal seat is Saint Rosa of Lima

    Located on the land that Francisco Pizarro allocated to be the residence of the head priest of Lima after the foundation of the city in 1535, the current building was opened on December 8, 1924.

    The palace was designed by the Polish Peruvian architect Ricardo de Jaxa Malachowski. The location formerly belonged to the city's first police station and the city's first jail.

    There is a granite sculpture of Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo the patron protector of the Archdiocese. The palace also displays two flagpoles, one for the Peruvian flag and another for flag of the Vatican. The interior has a sculpture of Santa Barbara the patron of Cuba. The ceiling is illuminated by famous French stained glass windows and the interior also contains marble staircases with wooden handrails.

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    Archbishop's Palace

    by Urzu Written Jun 22, 2008

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    This very impressive building is the residence of the Archbishop of Lima, and holds the administration of the archdiocese. It's located in the Plaza de Armas, next to the Cathedral. Most impressive are the balconies which belong to the "neo-colonial" style, that was developed in the 20th century.

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    La plaza de armas

    by chancay Updated Feb 26, 2003

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    la plaza de armas

    The main place of old Lima. Nowadays Lima is so big that there are a lot of other big "main places" of several districts of the "Municipalidad de Lima". Every district as for example Miraflores, Lince, San Isidro, Jesus Maria, Surco as as well Lima (also a district -the central district) etc has it´s own townhall and government.

    Here around the main plaza de armas are placed the gigantic cathedral of Lima, the government building of the peruvian president and several other oficial buildings. Very special is the fact, that all the buildings around are painted in yellow....to have a contrast to the often grey sky. Also amazing are the wooden balkonies at some of the buildings around the plaza.

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  • Plaza de Armas

    by NPelletier Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    Plaza de Armas Lima

    You can't go to LIma without going to Plaza de Armas (Mayor). Of course, every Peru's city and village have it's own Plaza de Armas but you can't miss this one: beautiful architecture and peaceful sector in the central of a very busy and noisy city.

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    Visit Plaza Mayor, the center of Colonial Lima

    by El_Sueco Updated Sep 15, 2002

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    Fountain from 1650.

    The Plaza Mayor was created by Fransisco Pizarro.
    On the sides of the plaza are:
    - The Presidential Palace
    - The Cathedral
    - The Archbishop´s Palace
    - The Municipality building.
    Some years ago the plaza and surrounding streets were filled with merchants, but they have now been prohibited to be there.
    The two-storey balconies and galleries have no connection with local tradition and are purely arbitrary. But the plaza still conservs some of its charm from the past.
    The fountain in the middle is from 1650.
    The place has also been called Plaza de Armas.

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    El Puente de Piedra

    by El_Sueco Written Sep 15, 2002

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    This is the bridge 'Puente de Piedra' over the river Rimac.
    Water supply to the city is taken out from the river many miles east of the city. (see some notations in connection with Huachipa in my Peru page)
    It is low water in the river when taking this picture.

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    Francisco Pizzaro

    by shdw100 Written Oct 1, 2002

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    Francisco Pizzaro

    I would not necessarily describe this as a must see activity, but close to the Presidential Palace is this statue of Francisco Pizzaro, the Spaniard who conquered the Inca empire. I find it interesting that they have a statue to honor this man, when in reality, Lima and the country of Peru was better off under the Inca Empire than it is now.

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    Plaza de Armas

    by ThiagoRamos Written Jan 31, 2007

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    Plaza de Armas - Lima
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    The XVI Century Plaza de Armas is probably the best place to start your visit to Lima.

    There you will find the Cathedral and the Archbishop´s Palace next to each other, the Government Palace and many other beautiful colonial buildings that earned Lima´s historical city center the deserved title of Unesco World Heritage Site.

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