"Plaza de Armas" Main Square Tip by al2401
Main Square, Cusco: 31 reviews and 56 photos
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.
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