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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  • Place full of history, very nice read local boards to meet local history is the starting point for who will get to know the historical center of Quito
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  • Simply do not think that there is another best place in a city to connect with the history of the city and the Ecuador itself
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  • A must see when visiting Quito. Its a beautiful Spanish style plaza where local people gather to soocialize, sing, dance, sell, play guitar and sing. Indigenous women sold me scarfs 2 of them for only...  more »
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