Plaza San Martin, Lima

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    Plaza San Martin

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    Plaza San Martin is one of the largest and most impressive squares in Lima. It was inaugurated on July 27, 1921 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the independence of Peru. The square is named after José de San Martin (1778 to 1850), who was a hero of South American independence, and there is an huge monument with a bronze statue of San Martin in the centre of the square...

    The square is surrounded by impressive buildings like the Gran Hotel Bolívar (from 1924), the Teatro Colón (from 1914, before the construction of the square), and several other. There are a few restaurants and bars around Plaza San Martin, and especially the bar ‘Bolivarcito’ (‘La Catedral del Pisco Sour’) was great. They served some fantastic pisco sour!

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    Plaza San Martin: Majestic

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Nov 17, 2011

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    When I first walked into Plaza San Martin and had the total perspective of the entire plaza it was a bit overwhelming. Obviously the architect of the plaza had a grand vision in mind.

    According to what I learned new construction in the Plaza San Martin was commenced in 1921 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the independence of Peru. The plaza has its focal point a statue commemorating Jose de San Martin an Argentinian general who was a major force in the revolt against Spain. What was interesting to me having traveled through several countries in South America is how loved Martin is. I have seen tributes to him in Santiago, Chile, Ontario, Canada and heard about ones in Argentina.

    There are several grand buildings built around the square. The Colon Theater was apparently the first building that is still standing that was built around the square. The Hotel Bolivar is a magnificent structure that also faces onto the square and still considered a nice place to stay in Lima. All of the buildings seem to work in perfect symmetry and with similar Baroque and Neocolonial details. The square was not crowded when we walked it and it was a pleasant contrast to the Plaza Mayor.

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    Madre Patria - Symbolic Mother of the Nation

    by littlesam1 Updated Dec 10, 2010

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    Madre Patria - Symbolic mother of the nation at the bottom of the Memorial to San Martin - Lima Peru

    There is an interesting story about the mother of the nation carving on the San Martin memorial. Strangely she has a small llama sitting on the top of her head. The original memorial was built in Spain as a gift for Peru's 100th anniversary of independence. She should have had a crown adorned with flames, known as a llama in Spanish. Instead she has a little Peruvian llama on her head. The double meaning of the word got lost in translation by the artist who created the image in Spain.

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    The bustling Plaza San Martin

    by littlesam1 Updated Dec 10, 2010

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    Plaza San Martin is a very busy square in the heart of Lima. Our hotel was located in this plaza. The traffic runs non stop day and night making it an exciting and vibrant area with restaurants, shops, and lots to see and do. At the center of the Plaza is the equestrian monument to San Martin.

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    The Flame or The Llama

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 23, 2009

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    This "plaza" the Plaza San Martín is apparently the place of choice for demonstrations as it is bigger and less restricted than the Plaza Major. It is surrounded by colonial-style buildings - hotels, a theatre, and airline offices and the like. We also saw airline offices around the main square in Trujillo so that must be a Peruvian or South American thing to have them there in the center rather than out at the airport.

    The square was inaugurated in 1921 on the Centennial of Peru's Independence. There is a big equestrian monument in honor of General José de San Martín, Argentine Liberator of Peru in the center. He is supposed to be ascending the Andes. In front is a figure of a woman that I think represents liberty which was created by Catalan sculptor, don Mariano Benlluire.

    Our guide said that the directions for the statue of freedom specified a crown of flames, but that in Spain (or in Catalan) the Peruvian Spanish word for flame was interpreted as the Spanish (Catalan) word for Llama. So the statue showed up with a llama on her head. The llama shows in photos 2 and 3 in closeup.

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    Ode to the Independance

    by Urzu Written Jun 22, 2008

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    The Plaza San Martín was built in 1921 to celebrate a century of the independance of Peru. In the center of the Plaza you can see a sculpture of military man José de San Martín. Also surrounding the square you can find important buildings such as the Teatro Colón, and the Bolivar Hotel.

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    A llama on her head???

    by krissyM Written Jun 27, 2007

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    At the base of the equestrian statue in PLaza San Martin is this delightful little statue of a woman with a llama on her head. The story goes the Peruvians commissioned the statue to be made in Spain. The Peruvian wanted the woman to have a crown of flames over her head. The Peruvian spanish word for flame actually means llama in Spain so the statue showed up with a llama on her head!

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    Plaza San Martin

    by ThiagoRamos Written Feb 2, 2007

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    Plaza San Martin is another huge square at Lima´s old city center.

    Although it is surrounded by old imposing buildings, this square looked more modern, noisy and alive to me than Plaza de Armas.

    A cab driver has told me that this is the preferred site for public manifestations and riots in Peru. Interesting additional info.

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    Crown of Llama?!!

    by Rishin_P Written Aug 2, 2005

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    There is a statue in Plaza San Martin of a woman with a Llama on her head. Apparently the person who commisioned the statue asked for the statue to be built with a crown of flames but the word for flame in Spanish is the same as the word for Llama and the person who made the statue built it with a Llama instead.

    Its a pretty amusing sight!!!

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    plaza san martin...white or pink?

    by cbeaujean Updated May 11, 2003

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    plaza san martin

    awfully refurbished,the white square is today pink!
    great polemic from the esthetic point of view between old and modern...

    from the square,take jiron union,busiest of lima centre streets,to plaza de armas....

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    PLAZA SAN MARTIN

    by RORRO72 Written Mar 27, 2003
    Monumento a San Mart��n

    Al centro de la Plaza se encuentra una gran estatua ecuestre del General don José de San Martín, obra del español Mariano Benlluire. De esta forma se honra al prócer argentino que proclamó la independencia del Perú en 1821.

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    Plaza San Martin

    by richiecdisc Written Mar 9, 2003

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    Plaza San Martin

    A newer and more upscale plaza than the Plaza de Armas, this pleasant flower-filled oasis would be perfect if it weren't for peddlers selling their wares. It is from the early 1900's and statue of General San Martin is from 1921.

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    A busy pedestrian street,...

    by viajeromaga Written Feb 25, 2003

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    A busy pedestrian street, Jirón de la Unión, connects the Plaza de Armas to the Plaza San Martín some six blocks to the south. The Plaza San Martín, surrounded by colonial-style buildings, represents the traditional commercial center of the city. Major hotels, airline offices, and businesses are located around the plaza,

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    Plaza San Martin

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jun 13, 2006

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    Lima's second largest plaza is San Martin. Although not as ornate as Plaza mayor, this plaza has many more shops and restaurants.

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    San Martin square

    by SirRichard Written Sep 24, 2005

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    San Martin in the early morning

    This is the second biggest and more famous square in Lima. It is located in the historical centre and there is located the Bolivar Hotel, as well as many nice official buildings.

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