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Plaza is a Spanish word related to "field" which describes an open urban public space, such as a city square. All through Spanish America, the plaza mayor of each center of administration held three closely related institutions: the cathedral, the cabildo or administrative center, which might be incorporated in a wing of a governor's palace, and the audiencia or law court. The plaza might be large enough to serve as a military parade ground. At times of crisis or fiesta, it was the space where a large crowd might gather. Like the Italian piazza, the plaza remains a center of community life that is only equalled by the market-place. One definition of public space or a public place is a place where anyone has a right to come without paying an entrance or other fee. ... In the United States, a town square is an area in the middle of a traditional town consisting of a park or plaza and surrounded by small shops. ... A cathedral is a Christian church building, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy (such as the Roman Catholic Church or the Anglican churches), which serves as the central church of a bishopric. ... The quintessential medieval European palace: Palais de la Cité, in Paris, the royal palace of France. ... Fiesta can mean: A festival or holiday. ... A piazza is an open square in a city, often used as a marketplace, found in Italy. ...


Most colonial cities in Spanish America were planned around a square plaza de armas, where troops could be mustered, as the name implies, surrounded by the governor's palace and the main church. Spanish colonization of the Americas began with the arrival in the Americas of Christopher Columbus in 1492. ... The Plaza de Armas (Grand Army Plaza) is the name for the main square in many Latin American cities. ...


A plaza de toros is a bullfighting arena. Bull attacking a matador Bullfighting or tauromachy (Spanish toreo, corrida de toros or tauromaquia; Portuguese tourada, corrida de touros or tauromaquia) is a blood sport that involves, most of the time, professional performers (matadores) who execute various formal moves with the goal of appearing graceful and confident, while masterful over... An arena is a circular or oval shaped public space (akin to a classical amphitheatre), designed to showcase theater, musical performances, or sporting events. ...


The Italian cognate is Piazza, the French cognate Place. Cognates are words that have a common origin. ... Place is a term that has a variety of meanings in a dictionary sense, but which is principally used as a noun to denote location, though in a sense of a location identified with that which is located there. ...


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The Plaza de Mayo (Plaza of May)is the main square in downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina; it is flanked by Hipólito Yrigoyen, Balcarce, Rivadavia and Bolívar Streets. ...

Shopping center

The first purpose-built shopping center in the United States, opened in Kansas City, Missouri in 1922, knowingly took the name of "Country Club Plaza" and adopted Spanish architectural details. More recently plaza has been used to describe a shopping complex, similar to a shopping mall, borrowing its connotations of a center of cultural life. The name is currently even applied to a single building with some semi-public street-level areas, often with a hotel or office tower above, while mall more often refers to multiple buildings or a street. Kansas City is a city covering parts of Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties in Missouri. ... The Country Club Plaza is the first suburban shopping district in the US. Designed and constructed in Kansas City by businessman J.C. Nichols in 1922, it was intended to accommodate shoppers who would arrive in automobiles. ... A Shop is an enclosed location where a specific activity is carried out. ... The Mall, an out-of-town shopping centre at Patchway, near Bristol, England. ... A mall is a shaded avenue or open space, such as The Mall in London or The Mall in Washington DC. In recent decades in many countries, the word mall has also come to mean a shopping mall. ...


Examples: Pantip Plaza, Clinton Plaza, Central Plaza, Hong Kong, Schiphol Plaza. Pantip Plaza is an indoor Information technology mall located on Phetburi Road in Bangkok, Thailand. ... Clinton Plaza was a red light district in Bangkok, Thailand, located on Sukhumvit Road between Soi 13 and Soi 15. ... Central Plazablah blah blah blah blah blah blah The building was completed in August 1947. ... Air Traffic Control Towers (ATCTs) at Schiphol Airport Schiphol (municipality Haarlemmermeer) is the Netherlands main airport. ...


Fictional example: Nakatomi Plaza The Nakatomi Plaza is a fictional office building that is the setting of the first Die Hard movie. ...


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Plaza - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (292 words)
Plaza is a Spanish word related to "field" which describes an open urban public space, such as a city square.
All through Spanish America, the plaza mayor of each center of administration held three closely related institutions: the cathedral, the cabildo or administrative center, which might be incorporated in a wing of a governor's palace, and the audiencia or law court.
A plaza de toros is a bullfighting arena.
Grand Army Plaza - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (976 words)
The Plaza (as it was originally known) was conceived by its designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, simply as a grand entrance to the Park.
The Electric Fountain was removed during the 1915 construction of the IRT subway under the Plaza.
Grand Army Plaza is also the name of a plaza at the intersection of 59th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan, opposite the southeastermost corner of Central Park.
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