Independence Square, Quito

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Landmark · Tourist Spot
Mingle with the crowds and get a sense of colonial Quito at Independence Square. 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 Independence Square on your trip to Quito, use our Quito journey planning tool.
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  • Nice plaza to hang out and grab coffee or a bite to eat. There are a few restaurants and tiendas around the plaza that are catered towards tourists, so they are a little overpriced, but nice to look.....  more »
  • The Plaza is an historic center surrounded by many important buildings. Locals were gathered for socializing and to shop the vendors in the side streets.  more »
  • Beautiful Quito Historical Center... Safe to walk, a lot of security guards all around
  • Really nice place to take a walk on Quito's downtown (historical center)

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