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Simón Bolívar Square

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The Plaza del Libertador

Translated by Kate Norman — one year ago

Original text by Jesus en su tinta

Hello everybody! I hope that each and every one of you is well. If we look in detail at each of the monuments in Lima, we would realise that one life is not enough to be able to appreciate all of them. Many years are needed in order to get to know everything that Lima has to offer, not to mention the fact that new things are still being discovered little by little - things that astonish the world.

Two important points in Peru

In this opportunity, I would like to talk to you about a square called La Plaza Bolivar. It is one of the most beautiful squares in the whole of the city of Lima, but one of the least busy at the same time. This isn't due to it being off the beaten track, on the contrary, it can be found in the Abancay Avenue. Around this square, you will be able to see important headquarters, one of them being the Palace of Congress of Peru as the main façade of the plaza. Next door, you can find a museum that is also known as the Tribunal Museum of the Holy Inquisition.


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Gates around its borders

The strange thing about this space is that it is found fenced off, even though there was a time where it was open to the public. Nowadays, it is rare to be able to enter, unless you try to enter the Congress of the Republic.

Every 28th July

This tourist hot-spot can be found exactly in the second block along the Abancay Avenue and, if you cross the street and walk straight on, you will be able to get to the Plaza de Armas. This route, for example, is used by the President of the Republic of Peru every 28th July when the anniversary of Peruvian Independence is celebrated. For example, the last journey was this year when the change of command was made with a new incoming government, as is currently that of the newly elected president of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, popularly known as PPK. He won in a very close election with his opponent Keiko Fujimore, daughter of the ex-President Alberto Fujimore who is now serving a prison sentence in Peru for crimes against humanity while his government was in power.


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Here is the façade of the Museum of the Holy Inquisition in Lima:


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The monument of Liberator Simón Bolívar

The momument to Simón Bolívar has been built in this square. He was one of the two liberators of the American continent when he arrived in Peru in the 19th century for the process of Independence. Simón Bolívar even was a liberator in countries such as Bolivia, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and his birthplace, Venezuela.

I can quickly tell you a little bit about the history of this statue which was constructed in 1825. However, it was recently finished in 1859. You can observe the liberator riding his horse, which represents his heroism in the battle of Junín, which was one of the most decisive battles in the process of Independence for Peru.

On the other hand, here's an interesting fact about this monument: some years later after this monument had been inaugurated in Lima, it was used as a model to make and send an identical one to the Plaza Mayor de Caracas. Where? In Venezuela, of course.

The Plaza del Libertador


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