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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  • If you are interested in colonial history and architecture it is excellent, sucre is buried in the church on the plaza.  more »
  • Really enjoyed this central plaza, lovely vibe about the place by day, a bit deserted by night. Great arty shops dotted about, some lovely crafts in the Tourst Information Office. Lots of friendly loc...  more »
  • The many benches and density of people on the Saturday we were here made this Plaza a good place to sit and rest. Surrounded by the Cathedral and the government palace, and within blocks of many museu...  more »