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Plaza de Armas

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This square has been the symbolic heart of Chile—as well as its political, social, religious, and commercial center—since Pedro de Valdivia established the city on this spot in 1541. The Palacio de los Gobernadores, the Palacio de la Real Audiencia, and the Municipalidad de Santiago front the square's northern edge. The dignified Catedral graces the western side of the square. On any given day, the plaza teems with life—vendors selling religious icons, artists painting portraits, street performers juggling fire, and tourists clutching guidebooks. On the eastern side of the plaza you can watch people playing chess.

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  • Address: Compañía at Estado, Santiago Centro, Santiago | Map It
  • Subway: Plaza de Armas
  • Location: Santiago Centro

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    Always something happening

    This huge plaza is the scene of all kinds of interesting activity, and it's not uncommon to see the Chilean president greeting visiting dignitaries here. I've seen more kings and queens in Santiago than anywhere else!

    by jwinhsv, 3/31/09

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