Most cities constructed by the Spanish Conquistadores were designed on a standard military fashion based on a grid pattern, taken from the Roman Castrum, of which one of the blocks would be left vacant to form the Plaza de Armas. It is often surrounded by governmental buildings, churches, and other structures of cultural or political significance. The name derives from the fact that this are would be a refuge in case of an attack upon the city, from which arms would be supplied to the defenders.
Howard Johnson comes to old San Juan.(PUERTO RICO)(Western Host Associates)(Plaza de Armas Hotel)(Brief Article)
Jun 01, 2005; HOWARD JOHNSON COMES TO OLD SAN JUAN. Western Host Associates (WHA) recently purchased the 51-room Plaza de Armas Hotel located...