"PLAZA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA" Quito Things to Do Tip by swesn

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Colonial Quito has several large plazas, and frankly, a few of them look as impressive as any main plaza of most colonial towns.

But the MAIN plaza of these impressive ones is Plaza de la Independencia, with gardens, benches, and fountains.

The main Cathedral, dating from 16th century, naturally faces the plaza.

To the west, is the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace). This is where the president resides and when I was there, there was a row of barricades in front and a troop of armed female guards clad in serious army-fatigues and holding shields. This is usually where protesters and demonstrations are held. This is also where poor villagers (who are paid a couple of dollars of lunch money) gather and follow some organisers to 'support' the president when the situation calls for it. They add 'mass'.

In the past 10 years, quite a handful of Ecuador's presidents had been ousted from their seats.

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  • Updated Oct 25, 2007
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