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The plaza marks the city center, a beautiful square with pergolas, fountains, frequent artisan fairs, and cultural events. Following the 1861 earthquake, the new city was rebuilt around this area. From Tuesday through Sunday, an extensive craft fair gets going about 4pm. On weekend evenings free live concerts and puppet shows take place here. Four additional plazas -- San Martín, Chile, Italia, and España -- are located 2 blocks off each corner of Independence Square. Each has its own charms, and they're all worth getting to know. Surrounding the square you will find the Julio Quintanilla Theater, the National School, the Independencia Theater, the Provincial Legislature, the Park Hyatt Hotel, and the small Modern Art Museum. During the annual Vendimia Wine Harvest Festival, all major events are staged here.