#2 PLAZOLETA DE SAN BLAS O PARQUE HURTADO DE MENDOZA. Calles Simon Bolivar y Manuel Vega.
This public space, which has existed since the foundation of the city, occupies half a block, across from Iglesia San Blas. During the colonial period (16th-19th centuries) the indigenous peoples lived on the outskirts of the city, in the present day districts of St. Blas to the east, and St. Sebastian on the west. Originally the site of the cattle market every Thursday, it was renamed Hurtado de Mendoza Square in the early 20th century, in honor of the Viceroy of Peru under whose authority the city was founded. Following a municipal urban and landscape regeneration project for the square, emphasizing its historical merits, this public space reopened in August 2004.
In the center of the square there is a fountain. A monument was erected to Manuel J. Calle in 1945, a local journalist whose reputation and talent achieved international recognition.