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“Pointing Statue”

Santo Domingo Plaza (Plaza de Santa Domingo)
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Half Day Tour Old District Quito
Ranked #72 of 205 things to do in Quito
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Owner description: This busy square in Old Town is dominated by the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and the church museum.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Pointing Statue”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

One of the three main squares in Quito old town. Many people pass this by because it is tucked away in the southern corner. Most prominent feature is the pointing statue in the middle. This is Antonio Jose de Sucre and he is pointing to Pichincha Mountain where he won a battle which finally ended Spanish rule in Ecuador. If you are here towards the end of the day, there is a sense of danger. There is a trolley bus station in the square, I suggest getting one of these or a taxi to your next destination. I foolishly walked from here down Quayaquil and was mugged just as I left the old town, this happened at 5pm on a Sunday.

Visited December 2013
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Pensacola, Florida
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“Beautiful Plaza Any Day But Comes Alive on Weekends”
Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

The plaza is near a bus stop we used while exploring Quito. My wife and I visited the plaza on a Saturday and again on Sunday. The plaza was alive on both days with Andean music and local dance troupes. There is also a market selling local crafts and food vendors. A great place to people watch and relax.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Peace Amidst The Noise”
Reviewed 1 February 2013

A fairly plain open area, with little opportunity to sit and really absorb the surrounds. Apart from a very busy street circumventing it, it is surrounded by a number of architecturally lovely buildings, and of course dominated by Iglesia de Santo Domingo itself.

Visited January 2013
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

The magnificent convent of Santo Domingo is the largest of Quito Convents, built on 1545, has in their treasures the twin clock of the Big Ben of London. The best Library of rare historical, literarian, and religious library, plus the large chorus books all painted by hand by the fryers. A supreme chapel of the Virgin of the Rosary, which was built over an arch and its street that passes under it. The refectorium is the largest and most decorated one of the convents and cloisters in Quito. Its five patios and works of art made by Father Bedon are worth to be seen.
Very Close to the convent you will find La Ronda Street full of restaurants, Casa San Marcos, with its magnificent cafeteria, and if you want something less fancy Cafe Dios no Muere.

Visited June 2012
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Tustin CA
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“Beautiful and active on a Sunday”
Reviewed 18 June 2012

Fascinating, but we only had a little time to see this plaza and church. Read your guidebook before going so you'll have some background.

Visited June 2012
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