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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

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Address: Gabriel Garcia Moreno | Entre Chile y Espejo, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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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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Very meaningful place to visit

This place is like the Statue of Liberty for Americans, althugh not very big it is surrounded by the core buildings of the country: The Carandelet Palace where the president... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here as part of a tour. Worth going to as part of a tour but not if you're going there only for that. A ton of people there. Great gathering place but you gotta be careful. I would imagine there is more activity at night. We went during the afternoon. Worth going to but similar to other parks... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is like the Statue of Liberty for Americans, althugh not very big it is surrounded by the core buildings of the country: The Carandelet Palace where the president lives, the municipality building where the major of the city works and the Archbishop's palace. Every Monday they change the president's guards with a fiesty ceremony, sort of like London... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This attraction is the central point of historic center of Quito.mAround it are beautiful churches, museums, shops, government buildings, etc. Enjoy your visit.

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Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful plaza represents the heart, soul, and spirit of colonial Quito. It's moods change frequently during the day along with the weather. Always full of life representing a fusion of the many indigenous and Spanish cultures. Music, dance, artesans, political rallies, parades, or simply relaxing under a shady tree can be enjoyed. Watch the changing of the guard at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful plaza surrounded by churches, city hall and the President's house. Lots of activities take place here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the locals all seem to gravitate to the shade of the trees and enjoy some music and singing and dancing, an interesting collection of sites and shops and restaurants along the edges of the squares

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty standard plaza where a lot of people like to hang out. There are many restaurants near the plaza.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Here is where it is all happening in the Old Town. Surrounded by churches and public buildings, It seems to be the place to meet. The atmosphere is excellent and the surroundings beautiful with blooming trees. There are any number of restaurants, ranging from the simplest dishes to high end cuisine.

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to start your visit of the historic part of Quito. Check out wall where Gabriel Garcia Moreno was assassinated.

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Kirkland, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Plaza is an amazing blend of religion, government and commercial offerings. We entered through the Cathedral so the walk to the outside was amazing. The Government palace reminded me of Santa Fe, NM with its portico on locals showing their art work. The restaurants and shopping center to the east has good food and shopping.

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