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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

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Address: Gabriel Garcia Moreno, Quito, Ecuador
Description: Located in the heart of the Old City, this busy plaza honors those heroes...
Located in the heart of the Old City, this busy plaza honors those heroes who started the movement toward independence from Spain.
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Center of Quito

Around this plaza you will find all main goverment instances. This square is usually packed with people abd traders,surrounded by beautifull buildings. Come here to enjoy cup of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Helsinki
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185 reviews 185 reviews
30 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Around this plaza you will find all main goverment instances. This square is usually packed with people abd traders,surrounded by beautifull buildings. Come here to enjoy cup of coffee and people watching.

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Washington, DC
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214 attraction reviews
2,470 helpful votes 2,470 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

A great place to just take a break, people watch or just admire the beauty of the Presidential Palace and other buildings surrounding the square.

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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Seek out the "founders of Quito" plaques. Stroll the presidential palace. Listen to the square discussions. Relaxing evening.

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Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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157 reviews 157 reviews
80 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A very pretty square with lots of people and greenery. Almost right in the middle of Centro Historico (Old Town). Surrounded by interesting colonial buildings such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Cathedral, as well as a number of shops, restaurants, and hotels. Centered by the Independence monument. Lots of activity here; we even saw a... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We were repeatedly drawn to the stunning plaza in the centre of Quito's historic district--the gardens there are exceptional and it is bordered by beautiful buildings including the Cathedral of Quito and the Presidential Palace. The locals love it too and come here to relax and watch the goings on. By far my favourite plaza in Quito.

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Budapest, Hungary
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168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This is a great place to people watch. There are generally dozens of people hawking their wares from fresh limes to coca tea or umbrellas if there is a chance of rain. There are numerous tourist police around the area, but even with this, it is wise to hold your bag in front of you if there are crowds gathered... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This might be quintessential Quito. The square is part of the city's historic Old Town, it's bustling with visitors, and there are lots of locals simply sitting on the park benches and passing the time away. Plaza Grande is surrounded by numerous other places of interest as well, so you might consider spending some time simply exploring the area on... More 

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Cesena, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

this is the heart, the center of quito. a beautiful old colonial square boarded by the presidencial house and the cathedral

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Leesburg
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Beautiful plaza with lots of interesting buildings. The Presidential Palace was interesting. Watched the changing of the guards. Visited with our Gate 1 tour of Quito.

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Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

A pretty square to lounge about it, and a nice café on one side to drink teas made with real leaves. Less good is being asked often to have one's shoes polished which can be a bore after a while.

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