"Plaza San Martin: Majestic" Plaza San Martin Tip by TooTallFinn24

Plaza San Martin, Lima: 16 reviews and 33 photos

  Plaza San Martin with Martin Statue
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  • Plaza San Martin with Martin Statue - Lima
      Plaza San Martin with Martin Statue
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      Buildings Surrounding the Plaza Martin
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      Building Fronting Plaza San Martin
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When I first walked into Plaza San Martin and had the total perspective of the entire plaza it was a bit overwhelming. Obviously the architect of the plaza had a grand vision in mind.

According to what I learned new construction in the Plaza San Martin was commenced in 1921 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the independence of Peru. The plaza has its focal point a statue commemorating Jose de San Martin an Argentinian general who was a major force in the revolt against Spain. What was interesting to me having traveled through several countries in South America is how loved Martin is. I have seen tributes to him in Santiago, Chile, Ontario, Canada and heard about ones in Argentina.

There are several grand buildings built around the square. The Colon Theater was apparently the first building that is still standing that was built around the square. The Hotel Bolivar is a magnificent structure that also faces onto the square and still considered a nice place to stay in Lima. All of the buildings seem to work in perfect symmetry and with similar Baroque and Neocolonial details. The square was not crowded when we walked it and it was a pleasant contrast to the Plaza Mayor.

Address: Plaza San Martin

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  • Written Nov 17, 2011
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