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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

Address: Gabriel Garcia Moreno, Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #14 of 97 Attractions in Quito
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Located in the heart of the Old City, this busy plaza honors those heroes who started the movement...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner 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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Cape May, New Jersey
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11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The Plaza is the hub of Centro Historico. Plan to sit for awhile, you may need to shoo away the pesky but cute shoeshine boys, but simply absorb the sight. Old and young, families and lovers.

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Incline Village, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This is a perfect example of the quintessential South American square in the middle of a quintessential South American Old Town.

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at sea
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92 reviews 92 reviews
32 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Now this is a Grand place, not only for its position in front of the 'palace', but because, every day it is full of people reading the paper, chatting, drinking coffee, children playing and its clean Great place to start your tour of Old town.

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Great place to people watch. There are many beggars here and they can be aggressive! Good central location to see Old Town.

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San Pedro Sula, Honduras
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A crowded place but has a lot of historical places around. You can seat there and talk to locals, people in Ecuador is very nice

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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108 reviews 108 reviews
38 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The square is clean and interesting. This a good location to get dropped off by taxi to begin a walking tour. Streets are clean and the locals are friendly.

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Ottawa, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We missed the presidential palace tor by 5 min. A busing center of Historical Town. Lots to see around. Very surprised to find out the place shut sdown by 6:00 PM

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Seattle, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

It's a good place to start a walking tour of the center of Quito. It's pretty and has must see buildings. The plaza itself was crowded when I went in the middle of the day.

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Cortez, Colorado
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Always lively, day or night, a great place to enjoy the action, whatever it might be. For us it included a demonstration, so extra police were on hand. The police, by the way, make Old Town a safe place to visit, and are very helpful with directions.

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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Ecuador's and its capital Quito have their focal point in this plaza. Full of history and legend, surrounded by the most important political and religious buildings and monuments . The change of the presidential guard each Monday morning is must see.

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