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Changing of the Guard
Every day at noon at the Plaza de Armas (also called Plaza Mayor), trumpets blare, drums pound, and cymbals crash as the guard changes outside the presidential palace. Enjoy the Spanish fanfare like a local: from a plaza bench with an ice cream cone. The Plaza is also the site of festivals, concerts, and the much-loved annual National Pisco Day when the fountain spouts free high-proof grape brandy for all.
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Lima’s Main Square
Pretty much every Peruvian city has a Plaza Mayor or Plaza das Armas, which is their equivalent to a “Main Square”, usually where the cities started. It’s the same way in Lima, and when you are at Plaza de Armas, you can appreciate the Peruvian Colonial beauty. Surrounding it you can find Lima’s Cathedral, the Arcebispado (Bishop’s House), the Governor’s Palaca and the City Hall. It has been the place for trading and for major events, such as the Peruvian Independence. To this day, Peruvians gather at the Plaza for political events, and every day thousands of people go by it, to shop, for business reasons or political assignments at the institutions and corporations in the area.
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