"Plaza de Armas" Main Square Tip by al2401

Main Square, Cusco: 31 reviews and 56 photos

  Plaza de Armas at night
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  • Plaza de Armas at night - Cusco
      Plaza de Armas at night
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  • La Compania - Plaza de Armas - Cusco
      La Compania - Plaza de Armas
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  • Plaza de Armas from la Compania - Cusco
      Plaza de Armas from la Compania
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      Plaza de Armas
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  • Surrounding the Plaza de Armas - Cusco
      Surrounding the Plaza de Armas
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The Plaza de Armas, originally ?Huacaypata? or Square of the Warrior was the heart of the Inca Empire. It is located in the centre of the capital of the empire - Cusco. Cusco was designed in the shape of the Inca Puma and the square was its heart. It was renamed in 1532 after the Incas were defeated by Francisco Pizzaro.

Originally twice its current size the square was enclosed by the construction of the Cathedral and the church of the Company of Jesus (finished in 1571).

The Plaza offers shady trees and benches and walls to sit on. It is within easy walking distance of most accommodation. It is the venue for most cultural events.

Website: http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=612

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  • Updated Dec 20, 2011
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