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Address: Plaza de Independencia, Quito, Ecuador
Description: This magnificent government building, located on scenic Plaza de...
This magnificent government building, located on scenic Plaza de Independencia, is guarded by two officers in traditional 19th-century costume.
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Visit Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno) like an insider
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Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour

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Public Square

The central park is home to both past Goverment and church leaders .The Bishops home is now a high end hotel and the park has local artists preforming . There is a shopping and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The central park is home to both past Goverment and church leaders .The Bishops home is now a high end hotel and the park has local artists preforming . There is a shopping and cafe in another building with a nice garden courtyard inside.Can also see the local guards in uniform at the palace .

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Cesena, Italy
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900 reviews 900 reviews
472 attraction reviews
1,742 helpful votes 1,742 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

amazing visit of this palace. everyday there are many guided free tour that allow you to enter this fantastic old colonial building. you'll love it

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Ontario
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112 reviews 112 reviews
37 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The Presidential Palace is situated on one of the sides of the grand Independence Square. There is a presidential residence in the building, but we understand that the sitting president chose to live in his own house in more humble surroundings. Government business continues to take place here. A huge Ecuadorian flag flies on top, and two impressively dressed guards... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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371 reviews 371 reviews
197 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The exterior of this palace is beautiful. There are two guards out front who allow pictures to be taken with them. We were allowed through the front door but no farther - peaking inside through the iron fence. Overlooks the beautiful Independence Plaza.

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Annapolis
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71 reviews 71 reviews
52 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

In the Central Plaza you must visit the Presidential Palace which is open to all and it is free! You must get your tickets in a side booth and wait your tour call. Note--you must surrender your passport during your visit , but it will be returned at the end. The tour is free and it is nicely done. Our... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I have been here several times the pageantry is breath taking on Monday never ceases to amaze me, way more entertaining than England's Changing of the gard

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London, England, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
41 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We went to the small ticket booth at the side of the palace at 2:15pm on a Tuesday and were told we could go in the palace at 3pm. You need a photocopy of your passport or the original to go in. Inside the palace you can see the meeting rooms, dining room and yellow room with presidential portraits. The... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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128 reviews 128 reviews
101 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We were on the "Free Walking Tour" (which you must do--see reviews on Trip Advisor) and were allowed to go right up the steps to where the palace guards were standing. They stand at attention and don't move (as the English guards do) but they allow you to stand right next to them for a photo (unlike the guards in... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We did not plan this visit and found the line and get permission. You need passport or its copy to get approved. The tour is very nice, the overview of The Plaza of Grand from balcony is great. The tour guide is nice and friendly. He speak Spanish first and English next just for us. The president seams well respected.... More 

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Herndon, VA
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189 reviews 189 reviews
75 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I happened upon the Changing of the Guard ceremony, held in front of the Palace, at just the right moment - 11AM on a Monday. The guards were dressed in colorful outfits and they featured a marching band, soldiers on horseback, and soldiers carrying flags. The President came outside with a whole retinue of officials, and the entire thing was... More 

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