Quito Sights

Plaza de la Independencia

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Published 08/07/2014

Fodor's Review

Locals always refer to the city's main square, shaded by palms and pines, as the Plaza Grande. The white, neoclassical Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), built in the 19th century, occupies the west side of the plaza and is not open to the public. The portico gracing the plaza's northern end, once the archbishop's palace, now holds a variety of stores and businesses, including several souvenir and sweets shops. The main branch of Quito Turismo, the city's top-notch tourist office, flanks the east side of the plaza.

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