Plaza de Armas
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Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas

The heart of Lima, this central main square is almost always the first stop of any tour in the city. Dating to the 16th century and established by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the 140-square-meter (1,500-square-foot) plaza is surrounded by impressive architectural gems, including the colonial-style Palacio Arzobispal, built in 1924, which is adorned with wow-inspiring Moorish balconies. The plaza's centerpiece, a tiered bronze fountain, sits where gallows once stood and has spewed water since 1650.

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