Known as the “Square of the warrior” in the Inca era, this plaza has been the scene of several important events, such as the proclamation by Francisco Pizarro in the conquest of Cuzco. Similarly, the Plaza de Armas was the scene of the death of Túpac Amaru II, considered the indigenous leader of the resistance. The Spanish built stone arcades around the plaza which endure to this day.
The main cathedral and the Church of La Compañía both open directly onto the plaza. The cast iron fountain in Plaza de Armas was manufactured by Janes, Beebe & Co.
1 Day: Explore the plaza within the morning or take an entire afternoon; taking in sights such as the Plaza de Armas, San Pedro market, Q’oricancha & Sacsayhuamán