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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

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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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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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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152 helpful votes 152 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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146 helpful votes 146 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
11 attraction reviews
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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Dubrovnik, Croatia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

A great square in the midst of government and church authority where Ecuadorans gather to relax, to protest, to play games, and sing. We enjoyed our many encounters with the people of Quito and Ecuador. Its a great place to relax between visits to the many historic sites within walking distance of the plaza. There are a number of good... More 

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Ontario
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This central square in the old colonial city is a must see. It definitely is flanked by all the symbols of power... the Presidential Palace, which is the seat of power for Ecuador, beautiful and colourful colonial buildings that are identified as the Archbishop's Palace /Hotel (flags decorate the sides for the length of it), the Cathedral of Quito and... More 

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