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Plaza Mayor de Lima
Bustling area for local and tourists to enjoy the city center.

Plaza Mayor de Lima

The Plaza Mayor de Lima (Main Square of Lima) is the birthplace and core of Lima, Peru. This square was once a market, bullfighting ring and city gallows. Today, the plaza is a bustling hub of history and lots of food.

The plaza was constructed in 1523 and has evolved into a central destination for visitors to relax. The plaza’s convenient proximity to many famous historical destinations makes it a great place to start a full day of exploring the activities.

  • The Government Palace
  • Case del Oidor
  • Archbishop’s Palace of Lima
  • Cathedral of Lima
  • Headquarters of the Caretas magazine
  • Olaya passage
  • Jiron de la Union
  • Club of the Union
  • Municipal Palace of Lima
  • Park of the flag

In every direction, there are stories and destinations filled with the history of the capital city and the country. Beautiful Spanish-influenced architecture surrounds the plaza and can be found throughout this great city.

Interested in visiting Plaza Mayor de Lima? Travel Blogger and author of DESTINATIONS UNKNOWN Sean Brown has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help make your trip a breeze.

What is the closest airport to Plaza Mayor de Lima?

Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA: LIM) is the closest airport to Plaza Mayor de Lima.

What is the local currency at Plaza Mayor de Lima?

Nuevo Sol (PEN) is the local currency at Basilica y Convento de San Francisco de Lima

Plaza Mayor de Lima

Plaza central Lima, Cercado de Lima 15001, Peru

Latitude: -12.051735

Longitude: -77.034525


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