Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)
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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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Archie
Glenmoore, PA7,346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
This place is buzzing with live music, people, and vendors. There are multiple photo opportunities. The monument is amazing to look at and very decorative. The president home and other attractions are right around the corner. We had a great guide in Washington sierra. Hope you are able to meet him. He is a retired Spanish teacher, drives taxi, a great tourist guide who speaks English. He took us all around quito.
Written December 29, 2021
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alplan
Vancouver, Canada141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We sat in the plaza with the old locals resting and watching the world go by for a while. Its a very busy area with lots of hawkers; who do leave you alone once you have told them no.
The central monument is under repair currently and is covered over. Make sure you go into the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Written May 2, 2022
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Travelaround59
London, UK2,027 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Such a peaceful (well it was peaceful at 9,30 am!) square with a nice balance of buildings on the sides (especially il Palacio de Gobierno) and the lovely statue in the middle…all very balanced indeed!!!
I loved the little manicured gardens and the trees that provide a nice shade. A rather grand square in the little old town.
Written February 15, 2024
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1234texas
Seabrook, TX5,025 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The statue is very significant to the city. It celebrates the independence of the country from the Spaniards (the history of their occupation is ugly and legendary). It is well done and attractive--in the center of a beautiful square.

This is a real "meeting point" for the local people. It is clean (except for the pigeons!) and easy to access. the views of the architecture around it are excellent.

From the side streets looking east, you get great views of the Notre Dame cathedral front entrance. The old buildings along the street really "frame" the photo.
Written March 9, 2020
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
This place is a wonderfully vibrant area that provides a real taste of local culture. Nearby there is lots to do in terms of food and drinks and sightseeing also. The statues and monuments tell a story of Ecuador's battle for independence from the Spanish. There are currently protests however from taxi drivers in the city, despite this it is not unsightly or unsafe, rather people passionately standing up for what they deem right. The Plaza is beautiful open space with green areas that add to its aesthetics.
Written January 27, 2019
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born2travelit
Cesena, Italy17,088 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
this is the heart, the center of quito. a beautiful old colonial square boarded by the presidencial house and the cathedral
Written March 21, 2015
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Richard M
Lithgow, Australia87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
With little information from the internet I was delighted to show up and get a good view of the ceremony. It is at 11am on the first Monday of the month, 9am all other Mondays. No ticket needed. At 8:20am they started setting up the gates and 9:00 it began. Look at my photos to see good places to stand.
Written September 16, 2019
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Jeri F
Tulsa, OK317 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The Plaza is an historic center surrounded by many important buildings. Locals were gathered for socializing and to shop the vendors in the side streets.
Written February 1, 2021
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL21,653 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
Quito is another one of these South American cities, threat has countless of Plazas to go around. That being said, this was by far our favorite, as the buildings surrounding it were beautifully designed, and the largest statue towering it!
Written January 22, 2021
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Wes
Ontario, Canada140 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We have spent 4 weeks in Quito and never seen a thief. Please do not use scare tactics in order to reach your minimum 100 characters of a comment.
Just be aware of your surroundings.
Written March 6, 2020
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