Trujillo Plaza de Armas is the historic heart of Trujillo, a large public square bordered by buildings bequeathed by Spanish colonists. Come here to admire the architecture, to be part of annual festivals and to relax on a bench under the shade of a tree.
The Trujillo Plaza de Armas is of great historical significance. It was here in 1820 that the Marqués de Torre Tagle proclaimed Trujillo’s independence from the Spanish.
The square’s centerpiece is the imposing Monumento a la Libertad (Freedom Monument). Designed by German Edmund Moeller, it was commissioned to honor the first century of Trujillo’s independence. Look over the monument’s three levels, the lower of which supports sculptures representing such themes as art, science and trade. The figures of the middle level depict a change from enslavement to liberation, while the crowning figure of the upper level symbolizes youth and freedom.
Make time to check out the colonial-era buildings that frame the square, many with windows adorned with intricate ironwork. Visit the striking Catedral de Trujillo, built in the middle of the 17th century and home to an impressive display of colonial art. Admire the blue façade and portico windows of the Trujillo City Hall and peruse the Moorish-Christian murals at the 18th-century Casa Orbegoso.
After your walk, come back to the square and relax on a bench or on the steps of the Freedom Monument.Besides its stunning architecture, Trujillo Plaza de Armas also hosts a range of cultural events and festivals. It is the main setting for the city’s Independence Day celebrations in July and the Corpus Christi parade, which takes place 60 days after Easter. Visit in January for the Festival de la Marinera. Watch people performing traditional Marinera dances and Peruvian Paso horse displays.
Located in the city center, Trujillo Plaza de Armas is just a short walk from some of Trujillo’s main attractions. While you are here, visit the Museum of Archaeology and the Iglesia La Merced.