Plaza San Martín

Plaza San Martín opened on July 28, 1921, the 100th anniversary of Peru’s independence. It’s located within Lima’s UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city center. It was once home to the San Juan de Dios hospital, which was torn down in 1840, and a railway station torn down in 1911. It is surrounded by several beautiful white buildings built between 1914 and 1945.

Plaza San Martín in Lima, Peru

Plaza San Martín

Plaza San Martín in Lima, Peru

Plaza San Martín

Plaza San Martín in Lima, Peru

Plaza San Martín

Buildings of note are Club Nacional, Cine Teatro Colón, and Gran Hotel Bolívar.

Club Nacional at Plaza San Martín in Lima, Peru

Club Nacional

Cine Teatro Colón at Plaza San Martín in Lima, Peru

Cine Teatro Colón

Gran Hotel Bolívar at Plaza San Martín in Lima, Peru

Gran Hotel Bolívar

In the center of Plaza San Martín is a monument to the Argentinian liberator of Perú, José de San Martín. The statue of Madre Patria underneath wears a crown with a llama. It was supposed to be a crown of flames, which is also “llama” in Spanish, but the artist made am obvious mistake.

San Martín monument at Plaza San Martín in Lima, Peru

San Martín monument

San Martín monument at Plaza San Martín in Lima, Peru

San Martín monument

The nearest Metropolitano station to Plaza San Martín is Estación Colmena, two blocks to the east. Plaza Mayor is a five block walk north. Paseo de los Héroes Navales is a few blocks south.

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