Plaza de Armas, also known as Plaza Mayor, forms the heart of Lima, the capital city of Peru. The plaza was built in 1935, at the heyday of Spanish colonialism and when the region that is the present day Lima used to be the most important hub of trade and Catholicism in all of colonized South America.
Today, the 1,500 sq. foot plaza is ringed by some of the most important historical and administrative buildings of the nation, among them the Government Palace, Cathedral of Lima, Palace of the Union, Municipal Palace or City Hall and Casa del Oidor, the erstwhile residence of the country’s colonial magistrates. The plaza is however also surrounded by a host of private colonial buildings with interesting architecture.
And if you feel somewhat stifled by the majesty of all this history, there is a charming little pedestrian street right behind the Municipal Palace. The street is filled with various small cafes and restos and as such, perfect for a little unwind session in company with some tapas and beer perhaps!Places nearby:
San Francisco Catacombs: Lima's Largest 3 km / 1 mi
The Magic Water Circuit in Lima: Light Up The Night 4 km / 2 mi
Pucllana Temple Famous Ancient Ruins in Peru 7 km / 4 mi
Larcomar: Shop, Eat or Dance on the Cliffs 9 km / 6 mi
Real Felipe Fortress: Constructed to Protect the City of Lima 16 km / 10 mi