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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

Gabriel Garcia Moreno, Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #14 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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Manitou Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The colonial architecture combined with the activity of local people provided a great opportunity for photos. A local guide adds good info on the past history & current political actives.

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There was a lot of people around. Somebody was talking about politics and economy and as he was going deeper in this talk I realized in other place next to it some older people was tales and myths about Quito history. Very interesting place to know about Ecuadorian people and culture.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Absolutely gorgeous! If you are in town on a Monday, catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony that happens at 11:00 a.m. each Monday, rain or shine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

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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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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Washington, DC
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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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Moline, Illinois
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Paris, France
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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Calgary, Canada
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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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