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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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Great visit to the government palace

We lined up, got a ticket and waited an hour to see the government palace but was worth it. The guide was informative and friendly and we got a real insight in how the Ecuadorian... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We lined up, got a ticket and waited an hour to see the government palace but was worth it. The guide was informative and friendly and we got a real insight in how the Ecuadorian government worked and works now. The artworks on display are beautiful as is the architecture and courtyards with flower (especially rose displays) and fountains. A... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Lots of history on this beautiful plaza. The marble work in the base of the plaza and in the nearby buildings is lovely. There were large groups pigeons so if you are afraid of birds you may want to steer clear.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We were in Quito over the weekend and made full use of the Plaza both for people watching, relaxation and a central spot from which to visit the many historic buildings in the vicinity. There are many benches and shade from palm and other large canopy trees. We saw many families as well as a variety of indigenous people, entertainers,... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had some really interesting conversations with locals while waiting for the address. There was lots of colour and pomp. Got our shoes shined, entertained by a girls choir.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A good place to spend some time -- shopping along the little shops under the palace, with the street vendors, sightseeing and people watching

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My husband and I came here several times throughout our stay when we needed a rest. The plaza has lots of seating, some shade trees, and is surrounded by small shops and cafes (which we found were still inexpensive given their convenient location). Every time we went there seemed to be something going on to watch- a high school marching... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

As a student of the Spanish language, I found the Plaza to be a great place to strike up conversations with the retired gentlemen who show up daily to watch the world go by. They are courteous, curious, and downright fascinating to talk with. And as you converse you can watch the tourists go by.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

A true meeting place for the locals.........an old gentleman feeding the birds, couples holding hands, people sitting on the benches reading or checking their mobile devices in the sunshine :-) I truly felt like I belong, not just a passing tourist.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

nice square to go and spend sometime walking around please mark this as helpful in the link bellow, since it is a free contribution to this website

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

A definite highlight as we happened to be in Quito on Monday. The guard changes at the palace weekly, Mondays at 11 am. Don't miss it if you're in Quito at that time of the week. We arrived early and watched the pageantry unfold. School children and other guests get special seating and attention, but we had first row seats... More 

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Address: Gabriel Garcia Moreno | Entre Chile y Espejo, Quito, Ecuador
Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Pichincha Province  >  Quito

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