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Address: 1 Lafayette Sq, Buffalo, NY 14203-1823
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A popular retreat for office workers and weary tourists, this downtown...

A popular retreat for office workers and weary tourists, this downtown Buffalo park has tree-shaded places to sit, flowers and criss-crossing paths, the two-story Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument built in 1882 and, most appealing of all, free Thursday evening concerts featuring music of all genres by regional and national names.

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Nice public square, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Home to the final public hanging in Buffalo, presided over by Erie County Sheriff and future US President Grover... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lafayette Square is a central location in downtown Buffalo that gives access to the local courts and the general downtown area. It has numerous restaurants in the area and is a popular walking area in the warmer months.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Nice public square, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Home to the final public hanging in Buffalo, presided over by Erie County Sheriff and future US President Grover Cleveland.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

The monument features history at every level, with tribute paid to all 4 branches of the military that existed at the time. The wrap around showing stories from civil war time such as people buying war bonds, a son saying goodbye to his father are in great detail. Photos of it come out very good

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

The square is small and not very relaxing, but the monument is worth seeing. If you have time, stop and get a picture, but otherwise just look out the window as you drive past it.

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Gradyville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Even if you cannot find a parking space, as happened with us, at least ride past it a couple of times. It's a lovely work of art.

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

The buffalo downtown has lost its glory of the past. But, this is one of the places where you can hangout and take amazing selfies with great real backgrounds.

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Alden, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Meaningful civil war statue that sits among beautiful Buffalo architecture! Many presidents stood here back in the day. Part of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address graces the east side of the monument. Standing here looking west you can catch a great view of Buffalo City Hall! Gorgeous!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

Well it had a nice statue and it was some green space in the middle of an otherwise dreary area of older buildings and parking lots/garages. May be nice to hang out in on a hot summers eve but it looked like just locals-like people who are there all day every day locals, were in the square my Saturday/Sunday in... More 

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Angola, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

The square is the center of the commercial district right on Main Street with a great view of Niagara Square which is the center of Buffalo's government buildings only 2 blocks away. It's a great place to stary a walking tour or have a meal or a drink in the newly renovated Lafayette Hotel across from the New Visitors Center... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

Lafayette square is the downtown of Buffalo and good for strolls on Thursdays. The other days the streets are pretty empty. Thursday besides concerts you will also come across vegetable & fruit stalls on the streets. If you are a foreigner avoid strolls in the evenings.

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