City Squares around the world become the centre point of most journeys. All around the world, many cities boast of prominent squares. Having inspired generations over years, these public squares have been the social and commercial meeting places for the people of these cities. Most of the prominent squares in the world are surrounded by shops, restaurants and usually carry a fountain, monuments or statues. Every city square has a unique history. Listed below are 10 of the famous city squares in the world.
Rynek Glowny, Krakow
The Rynek Glowny or the Grand Square happens to be the largest and the best square in Europe. Located in downtown Krakow, it is said that all the streets lead to this square. The place is dotted which benches and cafes and shopping are the main activity in the area. There are a variety of attractions associated with the square attracting locals as well as visitors alike.
Plaza Hidalgo, Mexico City
One of the most important sources of community life in Mexico City, the Plaza Hidalgo is located in the Coyoacan neighbourhood of the Mexico City. The plaza is surrounded by restaurants and many shops. The entire area is surrounded by green trees and the square has well-maintained seating arrangements. The plaza should be accessed by foot and no vehicles are allowed in the area. The best time to visit the plaza is the weekend when it hosts the vibrant market.
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Piazza Navona, Rome
Home to some of the most noted attractions of Rome; the Piazza Navona is one of the most vibrant squares in the world. The square has one of the most premier attractions of Rome, the Bernini's great fountain. It is filled with people across the year and at every time of the day.
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Piazza del Campo, Siena
One of the best medieval city squares, the Piazza del Campo is the main public space in the historic heart of Siena, Tuscany. The square is popular across the world for its architectural authenticity and beauty. It is one of the best examples of how a square can have an influence on the social lives of the people.
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Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Covent Gardens, and Leicester Square, London
The Trafalgar Square along with Piccadilly Circus, Covent Gardens, and Leicester Square form the heart of central London. These squares have been brilliantly designed and beautifully maintained. Today they are one of the most premier attractions of the London Metropolitan area.
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Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Paris
Bustling with people at all times of the day, the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) - Paris, imbibes the vibrancy and elegance of Paris quite well. From a faux beach with relaxing chairs to an ice skating rink, the square is filled with delightful surprises.
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Old Town Square, Prague
The Old Town Square in Prague is a place where you can spend an entire day without even realising the passage of time. The square is surrounded by small stalls and shops that sell interesting souvenirs and you can see the art nouveau fountain always surrounded by people. Everyone who visits the square waits for the popular clock to ding at the hour.
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Plaza de la Constitucion (Zocalo), Oaxaca City
Dotted with fountains and with vendors calling out to sell their goods, the Plaza de la Constitucion in Oaxaca City is an excellent place to enjoy the evening breeze and also sip on delicious coffee. The square is the centre of all social activity in the city.
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Plaza Santa Ana, Madrid
A serene centre to enjoy a few hours, the Plaza Santa Ana in Madrid is surrounded by green trees lining the promenades that lead to the square. The square is surrounded by cafes where you can enjoy delicious beverages and snacks.
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Plaza de Armas, Cuzco
An attractively landscaped public square, the Plaza de Armas dates back to the Inca Empire. Encircled by numerous cafes, shops and restaurants, the square offers entertainment all around the day and also lots of shaded benches and walls to sit around. The plaza has served as the meeting point since historical times and still plays the same role.