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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

Gabriel Garcia Moreno, Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #13 of 103 Attractions in Quito
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I have passed by this place a lot of times abs every time I have to stop and enjoy it's beauty. There is always something going on. Live music, dance performances or the change of guards. furthermore you get to see the locals. You can get a nice ice cream or souvenir. I would advise you to just sit there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We love to people watch and this is the place. When we first arrived the steps of the Bailica were filled with children for some kind of demonstration. We walked around the park a bit and then sat on the steps of the Basilica watching the people. It was great vantage point to see people reading, children playing, women talking.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My favorite plaza in Ecuador, this square bubbles with activity. Our first day, there was (1) a military band playing on the steps of the Cathedral, (2) a group of children having their picture taken in front of the band, (3) a loud protest for the "disappeared," (4) dozens of pensioners eating their ice cream cones, (5) ubiquitous shoeshine kids,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Plaza Grande was our favotie spot in Old Town! we had the best food there also the souvenier shop onthe first level is the best ! bought a lot fo ncie gifts from there! Highly recommend a trip there in the evening as they light up the cathedrals and churches so well its very pretty!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A must see...beautiful architecture abounds...a very busy place. Visit the interior of the government buildings and wander the shops around the square

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Always packed, very often with protesters in front of the Presidential Palace. You absolutely must visit the palace. You learn about the current president, Rafael Correa, and you get a unique viewpoint over the Plaza from the large balcony.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

If in Quito you need to visit the main square. History plus! Always best to have a guide for all the historical tidbits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Being near to the presidential palace and other government buildings, the security is pretty tight around the place and then if you stay around you could actually watch the change of guard ceremony. This plaza is one of the liveliest part that you will get to see in Quito. There is so much going around at this place that you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Great place, safe day or night. It has shops and places to sit and watch people. We enjoy going there with family or friends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I have been to just about all the Latin American countries or capital cities. For each of them, they have a "central plaza" that stands as the symbolic figure and pride for the respective history. This plaza is the central public square of Quito. Don't you want to learn how Ecuador earned its independence? If yes, then come visit.

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