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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

Gabriel Garcia Moreno, Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #17 of 104 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 October 16, 2014 NEW

The square is lively and a good place for people watching. The presidential palace is on one side (you can go inside if you plan a bit ahead) but you can peak through the gates and see the guards, there's also the cathedral, and some cafes to sit outside and enjoy a coffee and relax. A lovely spot

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hengelo (ov)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Although everyone warns you that Quito is unsafe at night, you should rslly go and look at this amazing Plaza. At night it is well lit and they shine lights on all the beautifull buildings surrounding it, definitely worth a visit!

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Helmsley, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This was a place where there were always people gathering. many retired men still wear business suits, and one fell into conversation with us about British politics. Excellent central location for visiting sights, and good and cheap restaurants a-plenty

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Plaza Grande is nice but not beautiful. If you tire of people watching in the square and fending off street vendors, start visiting the cathedrals and churches adjacent to the plaza. Pay the small entry fee and wait for a guide who will be very informative. I was struck with the fabric shops and stores which had fashionable clothes on... More

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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

It's a beautiful plaza just to relax and watch people or feed the birds. There's a lot of street vendors where you can try local food and buy some souvenirs

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Monterey, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

My husband and high had been walking forever, wandering the streets of the Old Town tourist district. We were relieved to find the pleasant Independence Plaza so we could simply sit and people watch. Could not be done. My husband had on black leather walking shoes and the shoeshine boys are relentless. A simple No would not work. After five... More

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Manitou Springs, Colorado
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5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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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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