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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TripAdvisor
  • Is a square very picturesque surrounded by the different forces of the State the gardens are very care and and of night is really beautiful when is illuminated.
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  • Visit this small Plaza de la Independencia, is like stepping back in time, if in your mind you remove trucks that pass through the surrounding streets, you can imagine the carts of the colonial era, because the houses remains the same that makes 300 or 400 years... I recommend to buy the crafts that sell two blocks from the Plaza, such as : alpaca rugs, objects of bronze, fabrics, etc...
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  • We didn't have time for a tour of the Plaza, so I cannot speak to its history. It is clean, beautiful, well kept and a central spot in Quito, especially since the presidential palace is at one end of ...  more »
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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