Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas Review
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.