Full of life and flanked by the main buildings in the city.

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Plaza Grande

The city's main square

Take note, this is the main square in the city. The Plaza Grande is flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the Municipal Palace, four exclusive buildings that mark out one of the most attractive corners of the country. The Independence Monument, which has stood at the centre of the square since 1909, is especially eye-catching. It forms a very striking image, with a condor breaking free from its chains while a lion lies injured at its side (representing Ecuador and Spain, respectively) and the Roman goddess Libertas holding the torch of freedom over both creatures. The square is always full of life, at just a few metres from the Plaza Chica and the Pasaje Espejo, which a great number of the city's inhabitants pass through every day as they go about their business. An interesting tip? Pay a visit to the barber shop on the ground floor of the Presidential Palace.

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