Caycedo square is the commercial, religious and civic heart of life in Cali, a park in the historic centre of the capital of the department of Valle del Cauca
The Plaza de Cayzedo is the main square of the city of Cali in the Valle de Cauca . It was known as La Plaza Mayor during colonial times, until 1813 when it was called Plaza de la Constitución . In 1913 it was given its current name in honor of the hero of the independence of Valle del Cauca and Caleño martyr Joaquín de Cayzedo y Cuero, and was adorned with a statue of him in the center. It is surrounded by numerous buildings, among which the National Palace, the Otero Building and the San Pedro Cathedral stand out , listed next to the square as national monuments.
During colonial times, the square was the epicenter of shows and a meeting point for the first inhabitants of the city, also being used as a market.
Cayzedo Square is the starting point of the development of the city, around it the houses of the wealthiest inhabitants of the city were built, quickly becoming the main commercial center of the city during its early years. From 1674 to 1897 it was mainly used as a public market place. In 1898 it was conditioned as a park, building a kiosk for municipal band presentations and it was enclosed with an ornamental fence, which was maintained until 1936, when it was reconditioned as a public square.
The square was remodeled in 1986 to mark the 450 years of the founding of the city of Cali. It was the workplace of public notaries and shoe baggers, until they were relocated to the Poets Park a block away.
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