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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande) and many more Quito attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Quito itinerary maker.
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  • It was Sunday and families were in the Plaza enjoying the sunshine. I can see why this area has world heritage status – it has been beautifully restored to its original splendor. I was also pleased to...  more »
  • When I got to the square I could see in front of one of its buildings to people talking about the situation of the country and candidates who are throwing at the next election. Not far away there was quite altered Christians talking about their candidates and singing their songs. The square is very beautiful and by what could appreciate is a point where converge the different parties political of Ecuador. In one of its sides is located the Palace of Carondelet, where is located the President and is open until the 4:00 pm.
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  • Great area for walking on way around old town. Lots of protesters for upcoming presidential elections Interesting restaurants 
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  • This is a nice hotel near the main square. It is a converted villa, which made it quite interesting. Our room featured a loft for sleeping which I didn't care for.
  • An elegant and unique antique house that has been always one of the most beatiful hotels in the heart of Quito's old town.
  • Beautiful view of the city of Quito by night.
  • Beautiful and important square.
  • Absolutely beautiful, a must see