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Plaza San Martin in Lima, Peru

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Thursday, December 2, 2010


Plaza San Martin
Originally uploaded by marcomendoza136
Here is a photo that was taken last Sunday while Zdenka and I were having a late breakfast at some cafe in the famous Plaza San Martin, located in the heart of Downtown Lima (officially known as Cercado de Lima).

This plaza is frequented daily by many tourists who also visit the principal plaza known as the Plaza de Armas (officially named Plaza Mayor de Lima) where the presidential palace and the municipality building of Lima are located. This area is also popular to many residents of Lima who visit the plazas which are linked by a very old and well known street called Jiron de la Union. Jiron de la Union is a commercial street that spans several blocks and is closed off to vehicular traffic. Here people are free to roam as they peruse the many stores and restaurants.

Plaza San Martin has a short history in comparison to the rest of Lima, in that it was constructed in the early 1900's following the subsequent demolition of San Juan de Dios hospital as well as a railroad station. The plaza was inaugurated in July of 1921 in homage to the 100th anniversary of Peru's Independence. The statue in the center of the Plaza was the result of a competition where Spanish artist/sculptor Mariano Benlliure won with his masterpiece which depicted war hero Jose de San Martin during his travels through the Andes, hence the name of the plaza as Plaza San Martin.

The buildings that enclose the plaza were constructed in gradual order and all share the same Neocolonial design being what was at the time popular.

**Edit**  Here is an old photo of the Plaza San Martin

1 Responses to Plaza San Martin in Lima, Peru

  1. Roselyne Says:
  2. I met plaza san martin in my last trip to perú, it’s very nice and tidy. Exactly as the workers of the Hotel Libertador Lima commented me. It was a five star hotel of impressive facilities and a restaurant that pleases you with the culinary delights of Peruvian food. Check out their site: http://www.libertador.com.pe/es/2/1/3/hotel-lima

     

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