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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

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Address: Gabriel Garcia Moreno | Entre Chile y Espejo, Quito, Ecuador
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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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Absolute best people-watching, plus changing of the Palace guard on Monday morn

So much is happening here! Tourists & locals abound, one side (beneath the cathedral patio) is lined with cafes & gelato shops. The palace end of the Cathedral patio is the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

So much is happening here! Tourists & locals abound, one side (beneath the cathedral patio) is lined with cafes & gelato shops. The palace end of the Cathedral patio is the perfect spot for best views of the changing of the guard---they will march/prance right below you & you can also see them at the central fountain as well as... More 

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

If you are interested on the Ecuador History, you might visit this plaza. Have a lot of history on it and its near to all the important places in Ecuador.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This was a nice plaza. It was different that alot of others because it featured more trees and bushes and other natural features. Usually it's alot of cobblestones. One surprise: It's not that Grande. Kinda small compared to the other big plazas in South America.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

What a beautiful part of the Old Town section of Quito! A bustling square surrounded by incredible old buildings. Lots and lots to see here.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Major meeting place for all generations and once again part of your compulsory Quito experience. Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is a very pleasant square, with the government palace on one side, a cathedral on another, etc.--since it is only a block from San Francisco square the crowd is less than similar squares in other Latin American capital cities. There are benches, trees, and lots of good people-watching.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, La Compania de Jusus are all right there. If you stay long enough you might even get to watch some 99%ers protest.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Fantastic - especially when people make party, dance and have a fiesta. Picknick on the grass was a typical situation we shared

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Pretty square with flowering trees church, monument and Government buildings cafe and lots going on.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We came here on a Sunday and there was some kind of music party going on. The plaza is beautiful and has main buildings in each side: cathedral, government building, archbishop palace. And we had a great snack in cafe Fabiolita just beneath the cathedral.

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