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Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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Plaza de Armas

Cuzco

Peru

Contributed by 
Duncan Cameron
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
July 20, 2004
January 3, 2018

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

Today, Plaza de Armas is a beautifully landscaped plaza that includes a mixture of patterned trees and benches. The abundant shade, benches, sitting walls and steps make the plaza a popular lunchtime destination. The steps at the entry of the two Spanish Churches are also great for sitting, and are often used for elevated speaker platforms. Historically, the Plaza has served as the city’s primary meeting place. There are numerous cafés, restaurants, and stores spilling out into the Plaza. Many of the restaurants have outdoor tables, and there is constant entertainment throughout the day and night.

People often cross through the Plaza as a short cut away from traffic or to avoid the curvy roads of Cuzco. The Plaza is most accessible by foot, but people often arrive by car, and the most common meeting location for tourist groups is at the entrance stairs of La Cathedral in the Plaza. Becuase it well lit,  visitors can be found walking through the area at all times of the day or night. The space is utilized by people of all ages as a meeting location, a place to relax, a place for social interaction, a tourist destination, to go to church, shop, or to eat at one of the many surrounding restaurants. Because of its central location, the plaza is also used for special events like festivals, speakers, concerts, art exhibits, and demonstrations.

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History & Background

The Plaza de Armas was called "Huacaypata" after its construction during the Inca Empire. The original plaza was twice the current size, and functioned as the cultural center of Inca life. Cuzco, which was the capital of the Inca Empire, was designed in the shape of a Puma to reflect their Inca animal mythology. Historians believe the plaza was intentionally built at the location of the heart of the Puma, in the center of the city--thus functioning as the cultural center, or "heart," of the Inca Empire.

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