Plaza de la Independencia - The city center with the spirit of the city and memoirs of the history

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Plaza de la Independencia also known as Plaza Grande to the locals, was Quito’s main square in the 16th century, serving as central market and bullfighting area.

See also : An impressive monument and a fascinating view of the city at El Panecillo

The plaza contains several significant buildings: the Archbishop’s Palace to the north, City Hall to the east, the cathedral to the south, and the white, neoclassical Palacio del Gobierno (Government Palace) to the west. The tourist information booth is just behind the entrance gate. Inside you will find Moorish-inspired work in the courtyard of the Archbishop’s Palace. There is also a small craft market and a few shops. Today, Old Town's main square is adjoined by the Government Palace to the west, City Hall to the east, the Archbishop's Palace to the north, and the cathedral to the south.

Inside the cathedral, is a good collection of art from the Quito School, including works by Caspicara and Manuel Samaniego. The square is at its best at night, when all the buildings are lit up.

Entry time: Monday to Saturday-10am to 6pm

Entry fees: Admission is free.

Contact info: (+5932) 257 0786"

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