Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
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This central plaza features famous monuments, the Governor's palace and is the point from which all distances to other parts of Chile are measured.
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  • Plaza de Armas • 1 min walk
  • Bellas Artes • 8 min walk
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  • london057
    Dublin, Ohio669 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the City’s Main Square
    First of it is the main square in Santiago. Second it is a very charming square too. Third the local Roman Catholic cathedral is on this square. Lastly, I recommend this square any first timer for a visit to Santiago.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • JAMES C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santiago a warm Christmas surprise
    Chile is by far my favorite country on the west coast of South America. I do not begrudge anyone the many tourist wonders of Peru, but as a country Chile is far less chaotic. I was in Santiago just before Christmas and I really enjoyed it. It was sunny and clear and the weather reminded of Colorado Springs. The nearby vineyards in the valleys are an amazing value and a must see for those who enjoy wine. The city itself feels safe and friendly. I won’t reiterate all the tourist sites in it, but I will just pile on. I will be back to ski!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 January 2024
  • Isabela R
    2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s alright.
    There are some interesting older buildings around the square to look at, and it’s near the Metropolitan Theatre. Otherwise, it’s pretty touristy and grungy. You could probably skip it if you have other bucket-list items. The mall is nearby to walk around if you have time to kill.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Ali921
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,457 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a quick visit
    It's not open and attractive like a lot of old colonial Spanish constructed plazas in South America. There has been too much recent developments around it. However, still worth a walkabout. It's busy. The metro stop exists right in the plaza.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 January 2024
  • Christian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark5,132 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good vibes in the square
    In addition to being a beautiful and diverse square, Santiago Plaza de Armas is full of life. Young and old, locals and tourists. At one end of the square, a large orchestra played popular songs, at the other end, an excited man shouted slogans into a microphone - and the square is so large that there is room for it all. A must-see in Santiago de Chile.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2024
  • Giuseppe Cincindella
    Rosyth, United Kingdom1,989 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see place
    Amazing square in the city centre, full of beautiful buildings, churches, monuments, historical museum, a park. Crowded place on a Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed the walk, the museum, taking some pictures. A must place to see in Santiago
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 March 2024
  • Vicki
    London, United Kingdom633 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical Square!
    Visited this historical square and was amazed by the size of it! It is a meeting place for people, tour groups, people watching etc. It is surrounded by iconic and beautiful buildings like the beautiful Cathedral, Central Post Office, Museum of Arts, Royal Palace, government offices etc and is the heart of the city as well. There are restaurants around and also shops. Interesting to hear the history of the place so stop by if you are in Santiago!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 April 2024
  • Michael B
    Bellflower, California24,137 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The heart and soul of Santiago.
    Santiago’s Plaza de Armas is considered to be the heart of Chile’s capital and sets the landmark point known as Kilometre Zero, from which distances are measured between the different towns in the country. The square was designed by master builder Pedro de Gamboa, and is surrounded by many historic buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, Central Post Office Building, Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago, and the building that serves as the seat of local government for Santiago, which was formerly occupied by the Cabildo of the city before being remodelled. TIP: There is a metro station located under the square.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 April 2024
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nick w
London, UK1,294 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The place where the city of Santiago began is a lively area of greenspace surrounded by the cathedral and other historic civic buildings.
Written 30 April 2024
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA24,137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Santiago’s Plaza de Armas is considered to be the heart of Chile’s capital and sets the landmark point known as Kilometre Zero, from which distances are measured between the different towns in the country. The square was designed by master builder Pedro de Gamboa, and is surrounded by many historic buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, Central Post Office Building, Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago, and the building that serves as the seat of local government for Santiago, which was formerly occupied by the Cabildo of the city before being remodelled.

TIP: There is a metro station located under the square.
Written 19 April 2024
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Vicki
London, UK633 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Visited this historical square and was amazed by the size of it! It is a meeting place for people, tour groups, people watching etc. It is surrounded by iconic and beautiful buildings like the beautiful Cathedral, Central Post Office, Museum of Arts, Royal Palace, government offices etc and is the heart of the city as well. There are restaurants around and also shops. Interesting to hear the history of the place so stop by if you are in Santiago!
Written 4 April 2024
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA8,245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very nice square.

Pleasant surroundings and not too crowded.

Good place to relax and take in some sights.

Take care after dark as it becomes a bit sketchy.

Worth a short visit.
Written 24 March 2024
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Giuseppe Cincindella
Rosyth, UK1,989 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Amazing square in the city centre, full of beautiful buildings, churches, monuments, historical museum, a park. Crowded place on a Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed the walk, the museum, taking some pictures. A must place to see in Santiago
Written 23 March 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
In addition to being a beautiful and diverse square, Santiago Plaza de Armas is full of life. Young and old, locals and tourists.

At one end of the square, a large orchestra played popular songs, at the other end, an excited man shouted slogans into a microphone - and the square is so large that there is room for it all.

A must-see in Santiago de Chile.
Written 21 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,457 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It's not open and attractive like a lot of old colonial Spanish constructed plazas in South America. There has been too much recent developments around it. However, still worth a walkabout. It's busy. The metro stop exists right in the plaza.
Written 24 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Isabela R
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
There are some interesting older buildings around the square to look at, and it’s near the Metropolitan Theatre. Otherwise, it’s pretty touristy and grungy. You could probably skip it if you have other bucket-list items. The mall is nearby to walk around if you have time to kill.
Written 7 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JAMES C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Chile is by far my favorite country on the west coast of South America. I do not begrudge anyone the many tourist wonders of Peru, but as a country Chile is far less chaotic. I was in Santiago just before Christmas and I really enjoyed it. It was sunny and clear and the weather reminded of Colorado Springs. The nearby vineyards in the valleys are an amazing value and a must see for those who enjoy wine. The city itself feels safe and friendly. I won’t reiterate all the tourist sites in it, but I will just pile on. I will be back to ski!
Written 6 January 2024
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Kemo P
Lake Conjola, Australia83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
While the Plaza is dodgy to hover around at night (as others have advised), I found it safe enough during the day when I visited. When there’s some kind of left-wing rally or protest action going on in the square, it’s a good time to visit…colourful, many people, lots of noise and animation, music, very entertaining. And the usual heavy police presence during the protest usually takes care of the pickpocket threat.
Written 20 December 2023
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