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Plaza de Armas

Often called Plaza Mayor, the impressive Plaza de Armas is one of Lima’s most well-known attractions and is the focal point of Peru’s capital. Unfortunately, this 140-square-meter plaza has none of its original buildings due to an earthquake in 1746, but it is still the oldest public space in Lima. In the middle of the Plaza de Armas is a bronze fountain that was put up in 1650.   

Around the central plaza are a number of important buildings, including the Palacio Arzobispal and the lengthy Palacio de Gobierno. The colonial style architecture and stunning balconies give the plaza real character. The Government Palace is also within the grounds of Lima’s plaza.

If you venture away from Plaza de Armas towards Plaza San Martin, you’ll discover a mixture of old and new buildings in the pedestrian-only area of Jiron de la Union. Lovely restaurants and shops are amongst residential buildings.

It is possible to take a tour of Casa de Aliaga, which is an incredible mansion that’s been passed down through 17 generations. It’s been well-preserved and has kept its colonial feel. The Aliaga family have occupied the residency since 1535. This statistic makes it South America’s oldest home to be owned by one family. The La Merced church is also nearby, which dates back to the 1700s.  

Why not start your Lima adventure with a trip to the Plaza de Armas? It’s a great introduction to this wonderful city.

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