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Plaza San Martin

This ceremonial square, which stands as a memorial to Peru's great liberator, is filled with artisans, street performers and musicians. 

Pay a tribute to Lima's liberating hero, José de San Martin, in this square of the same name. Plaza San Martin is most famous for its monuments and significant surrounding buildings, but also hosts a lively cultural atmosphere. See artisans crafting in the open or musicians serenading passers-by. This plaza was added as a UNESCO site in 1998 and counts amongst the city's most important historic landmarks. 

This square was inaugurated in 1921, on the 100th anniversary of Peru's liberation from Spain.

Stop by a statue of José de San Martin and get a photo of this enigmatic figure. He led Peru to victory during its struggle for independence from Spain. This statue, which its depicts him on horseback, represents the moment he crossed the Andes to liberate Argentina, Chile and Peru.

The plaza is flanked by a number of extravagant buildings, including the Colón Theatre and the National Club. Admire the lavish ornamentation of the Hotel Bolivar. This early 20th-century building is adorned with  chandeliers, majestic staircases and antique carpets. Though representing liberation, many of the squares buildings share a distinctly European Baroque design. 

At certain times of year, festivals of street parties, flag-bearing dancers and performing musicians attract throngs of onlookers to the square. Watch street performers practicing their art, get your face painted or take the kids to a puppet show. Fine dining options surround the square. Alternatively, bring a picnic and find a quiet spot on the green areas around the plaza. Stay nearby in one of many hotels to keep close to the action. 

Find Plaza San Martin just south of Lima's city centre. Walk there from the city's most oldest square, Plaza Mayor. Alternatively, catch the bus to Estación Colmena, which is just one block east. After seeing the square, explore its nearby attractions. The Recoleta Church and the La Merced Church are particularly worthwhile.  


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Hotel Belén AU$51
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Jr. Nicolas de Pierola 953, Plaza San Martin, Lima, Lima
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is steps away from Jiron de La Union and Plaza San Martin. Plaza de Armas de Lima is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

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    Gran Hotel Bolivar

    Gran Hotel Bolivar

    Jirón de la Unión 958, Lima
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is steps away from Jiron de La Union and Plaza San Martin. Plaza de Armas de Lima is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.

      Orchid Hostels AU$57
      Orchid Hostels

      Orchid Hostels

      Jirón Carabaya 959, Cercado de Lima, Lima, Lima
         
        1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cercado de Lima, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. Jiron de La Union and University Park are also within 10 minutes.

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        Grand Bolivar

        Grand Bolivar

        Jirón de la Unión, 958, Lima, Lima (region)
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is steps away from Jiron de La Union and Plaza San Martin. Plaza de Armas de Lima is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

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          Hotel Continental

          Hotel Continental

          Jiron Puno 196, Lima, LIMA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. Lima Art Museum and National Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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            Hotel Belen 1084

            Hotel Belen 1084

            Jr. De la Unión 1084, Cercado de Lima, Lima, Lima
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cercado de Lima, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. Jiron de La Union and University Park are also within 10 minutes.

              Hotel Diamond Lima AU$73
              Hotel Diamond Lima

              Hotel Diamond Lima

              Jr. Cuzco, Lima, Lima
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cercado de Lima, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Plaza de Armas de Lima. Kennedy Park and Huaca Pucllana Ruins are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Edificio California en Centro Histórico
                Edificio California en Centro Histórico

                Edificio California en Centro Histórico

                Jiron Moquegua 284, entre Camana y Cailloma. Depto 604, Lima, Lima
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Cercado de Lima, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Plaza de Armas de Lima, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Federico Villareal National University and Kennedy Park. Larcomar Shopping Center is 6.8 mi (11 km) away.