Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), Quito

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Mingle with the crowds and get a sense of colonial Quito at Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande). Ever since the early 17th century, the square has functioned as one of the city's main public spaces. What was then just a cleared patch of earth is now a picturesque square surrounded by historical buildings, including a cathedral, the presidential palace, and a luxurious hotel. The square's monument to independence symbolizes the struggle for South American freedom from Spanish rule. Stake out a spot at one of the numerous cafes and restaurants to relax and people-watch. To visit Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande) on your trip to Quito, use our Quito journey planning tool .
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  • The Plaza Grande is very beautiful, but in view of the "Plaza of arms" of the other Latin cities it is simple. The architecture is very beautiful, especially the Government Palace. The square is always full and it's very policed. Have some stalls on site, but it's pretty safe.
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  • Large square in the historic center of Quito. Visit to the historic centre of the city of Quito, is worthwhile. All the main buildings are here. Cathedral, municipal offices, Archbishop's Palace (now Mall). In the vicinity, Church of the Jesuits and Franciscans, to visit.
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  • It rained the first day I was in Quito and on and off on another day (as it often does in the mountains), but the one day I was in the city all day and it was clear and had a blue sky, this plaza and ...  more »
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  • Good place to sport but you need to have the tag.
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