Plaza San Martín
Museo Andrés del Castillo
Housed in a pristine 19th-century mansion with Spanish-tile floors, this worthwhile new private museum showcases a vast collection of...
Jirón de la Unión
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the five pedestrian blocks on Jirón de la Unión, from the Plaza de Armas to Plaza San Martín,...
El Estadio Fútbol Club
Another good evening place, this soccer-fanatic hangout is an old-timey spot.
Pastelería San Martín
Founded in 1930, this bare-bones bakery serves what is considered Lima’s finest turrón de Doña Pepa, a dessert associated with the...
Plaza San Martín information
Built in the early 20th century, Plaza San Martín has come to life in recent years as the city has set about restoring its park and giving the surrounding beaux-arts architecture a much-needed scrubbing. It is especially lovely in the evenings, when illuminated. The plaza is named for the liberator of Peru, José de San Martín , who sits astride a horse at the center of the plaza.
At the base of the statue, don’t miss the bronze rendering of Madre Patria , the symbolic mother of Peru. Commissioned in Spain under instruction to give the good lady a crown of flames, nobody thought to iron out the double meaning of the word flame in Spanish (llama), so the hapless craftsmen duly placed a delightful little llama on her head.
The once-stately Gran Hotel Bolívar , built in the 1920s, presides over the square from the northwest.