Praças mais bonitas do mundo

The 10 most beautiful squares in the world

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Squares are always a good starting point for getting to know a city. In addition to telling a little about the history of the place, whether through political or cultural events, they make great photos as travel souvenirs. Therefore, in this post we will list the 10 most beautiful squares in the world that we already know:

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The 10 most beautiful squares in the world

1- Plaza de Las Armas – Cusco, Peru

The square where Francisco Pizzaro declared the conquest of Cusco is in the city's Historic Center and is surrounded by many businesses that cater to tourists, such as restaurants, currency exchange bureaus and shops. souvenirs. There are also temples and buildings that the Spanish built over the Inca palaces after the conquest.

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The square in Cusco, certainly one of the most beautiful in the world

Also known as Plaza Mayor of Cuscowas called by the Inca people “Huacayapata”, as it is a meeting place. The rainbow-colored flag that is often confused with the flag of the LGBT movement actually represents the Inca Empire.

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Flags in rainbow colors

2- Plaza Mayor – Madrid, Spain

Located between Puerta del Sol and Plaza de la Villa, in the center of Madrid, the square of more than 1200m² is surrounded on all sides by three-story buildings whose construction was completed in 1619. The entrance to this large protected rectangle is made by one of its nine porticos, the most famous of which is the Arco de Cuchilleros, which is on the street of the same name.

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Main Square

This is the most important square in Madrid and, therefore, a mandatory stop as it is one of the main tourist attractions in the Spanish capital. Around you, a huge variety of bars, restaurants and gift shops.

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Impressive buildings, therefore, make the Plaza Mayor shine

3- Grand Place – Brussels, Belgium

Considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world, the Grand Place has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. In the heart of the city, it is surrounded by beautiful buildings from the 14th and 17th centuries that tell its story. It's in the main Brussels postcard There are three famous statues that “urinate”: The Manneken Pis, the Jeanneke Pis and the Zinneke Pis.

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Grand Place, certainly one of the most beautiful squares

In addition, there is also the City Hall building, the City Museum and every two years, in August, the world-renowned 1,800m² flower carpet is assembled. In other words, it's no surprise that the Grand Place is the most photographed place in Belgium.

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urinating dog statue

4- Place de La Concorde – Paris, France

The second largest square in Franceat the beginning of the Avenida Champs-Elysées, is a very important place for Paris. The main stage of the French Revolution, it was there that the guillotine was located where more than 1200 people were executed. Among them, for example, Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. With the end of the bloody phase, it was remodeled and renamed “Concorde”, as it was previously called Revolution Square. Nearby are some of the most famous tourist attractions in Paris, for example, the Tuileries garden, Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe.

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Fountain in the square

5- Trafalgar Square – London, England

One of London's liveliest squares It is also one of the best known in the UK capital. With a fundamental role for society, it is the stage for events, political demonstrations and celebrations. A Trafalgar Square It was officially named in 1830, as a tribute to the Battle of Trafalgar. There are, for example, the National Galleryone of the most important art museums in the worldthe statue of Admiral Nelson, commander of the Battle, and the Igreja St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Furthermore, it is also just a few minutes' walk from the Palace of Buckingham.

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General view of the square

6- Piazza Navona (Rome, Italy)

When talking somewhere in the Italy The buildings of the Roman Empire immediately come to mind. This is the case of the Domitian Stadium, which was built in 85 AD for sporting competitions and today gives place to Piazza Navona. It is still possible to see part of its ruins in the Domiciano Stadium Museum, in Via Zanardelli, behind the square. As a good meeting point for tourists and locals, Piazza Navona is full of street artists, such as musicians, painters and living statues.

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But its main attraction are the three fountains, the most famous of which is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, from 1651, and which represents the rivers of the four continents known up to that time: Nile (Africa), Ganges (Asia), Danube (Europe ) and Rio da Prata (Americas). It is located right in the center of the square, in front of the Church of Santa Inês in Agonia.

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One of the sources

7- Marienplatz – Munich, Germany

A Munich's most important square It's where everything happens! Meetings, events, protests… This is where the Neues Rathaus is located, the beautiful neo-Gothic style building of the new City Hall, where the lively spectacle takes place below your clock, the chimes, every day at 11am, 12pm and 5pm. The free puppet show lasts around 10 minutes and, without a doubt, is a must go of the third most populous city in Germany.

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Furthermore, the restaurants around the square offer outdoor tables for their customers to enjoy typical food, traditional beers and Bavarian music.

8- Praça do Comércio – Lisbon, Portugal

A most famous square in Lisbon It is located on the banks of the Tagus River, where the Palace of the Kings of Portugal once stood. Also known as Terreiro do Paço, today it houses Portuguese ministries, government departments, hotels and restaurants. Right in the center of the square is the statue of D. José I, from 1775, and the main entrance to Praça do Comércio is through the Rua Augusta Arch, another postcard of the Portuguese capital.

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Certainly a symbol of Lisbon

9- Piazza San Marco – Venice, Italy

A Italy It is a country so rich in architecture that two of the 10 most beautiful squares in the world are Italian. A St. Mark's Square It is Venice's biggest postcard and has been described as “the most beautiful hall in Europe”. One of its attractions are the pigeons that stay there, as well as the beautiful Saint Mark's Basilica.

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In fact, don't be surprised by the fact that you see almost no one passing between the two marble columns on the edge of the Grand Canal, even though the square is full of people. As public executions were carried out there until the mid-18th century, the most superstitious Venetians believe that passing through them is bad luck.

10- Red Square – Moscow, Russia

This is certainly the most photogenic square on our list of the 10 most beautiful squares in the world. Be it the colorful Saint Basil's Cathedral, or the Kremlin cathedrals, with golden domes, or the Kazan Cathedral, Red Square. After all, it offers us beautiful monuments, as well as telling us a little about the World History of the 20th century.

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Within the walls of the Kremlin is the Necropolis where most of the Soviet heroes and authorities are buried. Opposite Lenin's Mausoleum is GUM, Russia's main shopping mall and a mandatory stop for tourists. A more modern construction, but as beautiful as the others.

So, these are the 10 most beautiful squares in the world. And you, do you already know any of them? Tell us!

By Mariane Serra, from @viajar.eh.food

Photos: Renata Araújo, Duda Vétere, Hugo Medeiros, from Fala de Viagem and Claudia Liechavicious, from the Blog Viajar pelo Mundo.