Plaza de Armas by night, Peru, Lima
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Plaza de Armas by night, Peru, Lima

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The Plaza de Armas (Plaza of Arms) is the name for the main square in many Latin American cities. In Mexico this space is known as El Zócalo, and in Central America as Parque Central (Central Park). While some large cities have both a Plaza de Armas and a Plaza Mayor, in most cities those are two names for the same place.

Most cities constructed by the Spanish Conquistadores were designed on a standard military fashion based on a grid pattern, taken from the RomanCastrum, of which one of the blocks would be left vacant to form the Plaza de Armas. It is often surrounded by governmental buildings, churches, and other structures of cultural or political significance. The name derives from the fact that this would be a refuge in case of an attack upon the city, from which arms would be supplied to the defenders.

The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas of Lima, is the birthplace of the city of Lima, as well as the core of the city. Located in the Historic Centre of Lima, it is surrounded by the Government PalaceCathedral of LimaArchbishop's Palace of Lima, the Municipal Palace, and the Palace of the Union.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaza_de_Armas

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Imágenes cercanas en Peru

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A: Noche en la Plaza de Armas de Lima

por José Ignacio Terán, 10 metros de distancia

Noche en la Plaza de Armas de Lima

B: Lima Plaza de Armas

por Willy Kaemena, 10 metros de distancia

Wikipedia: "The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas of Lima, is the birthplace of the city of Lima, as well...

Lima Plaza de Armas

C: Plaza Mayor de Lima

por Leonardo A. O., 20 metros de distancia

Plaza Mayor de Lima

D: Plaza De Armas, Lima, Peru

por Thomas Humeau, 20 metros de distancia

The Plaza de Armas (Plaza of Arms) is the name for the main square in many Latin American cities. In ...

Plaza De Armas, Lima, Peru

E: Peru, Lima, Plaza De Armas

por Tomás Manta, 30 metros de distancia

Peru, Lima, Plaza De Armas

F: Plaza de Armas of Lima, Peru /02.2012/

por NilsW, 30 metros de distancia

Stitched with 63 Pictures. Canon Rebel t2i

Plaza de Armas of Lima, Peru /02.2012/

G: Plaza de Armas de Lima, Peru

por José Ignacio Terán, 30 metros de distancia

Plaza de Armas de Lima, Peru

H: Lima Plaza de Armas

por Willy Kaemena, 60 metros de distancia

Wikipedia: "The Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas of Lima, is the birthplace of the city of Lima, as well...

Lima Plaza de Armas

I: Noche en la plaza de Armas de Lima

por José Ignacio Terán, 60 metros de distancia

Noche en la plaza de Armas de Lima

J: Galeria Pancho Fierro

por Christian De Lama Perez, 70 metros de distancia

La Galería Municipal de Arte Pancho Fierro es una de las salas no comerciales de exposiciones más imp...

Galeria Pancho Fierro

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