Located in the heart of the city, which arose to begin the foundation of Santiago on the 12th of February, 1541, this square is surrounded by important cultural and religious buildings. In its center was a fortified area where the Spanish used to keep a cannon. In former times, military exercises used to be mounted here. Thus, this square is nowadays known as Plaza de Armas.
Since it is located exactly in the center of Santiago, it is the city's nerve center and therefore, it is the point from which all distances to other parts of Chile are measured.
A broad array of historic attractions can be seen in its surroundings. One example of this is the Governor's House, nowadays known as the Casa Central de Correos (the central post office), and the Real Audiencia, nowadays Santiago's Municipality. Also, the Fernández Concha Portal and the Metropolitan Cathedral are well worth visiting attractions that stand here as well.
Enjoy a game of chess? Have some time to kill? Located in a raised gazebo in Plaza de Armas you can find chess games going just about every day.