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Palace of the Archbishop (Palacio Arzobispal)

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Address: Plaza de Independencia, Quito 170150, Ecuador
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

This beautiful building is located along the north side of the Plaza de...

This beautiful building is located along the north side of the Plaza de Independencia.

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Worth dropping by for great restaurants and shops

The archbishop has long gone but left behind a neat building full of interesting restaurants and shops in a fascinating setting right on the Plaza Grande. Drop by on a rainy day... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
Fred B
Montreal, Canada
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located at the “Plaza Grande” that is the main plaza of Quito. It was built again at about 1850, as its origin is from 1700. Ancient building with a big garden at the center, sorrounded by corridors at the two levels. A typical building with archs and details from the 19 century. No fee for entrance. A nice visit.

Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

The archbishop has long gone but left behind a neat building full of interesting restaurants and shops in a fascinating setting right on the Plaza Grande. Drop by on a rainy day or for a meal. Quite different

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London Ontario Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

I agree with the majority of reviews here. We came as part of a group tour and it is geared for tourists. The restaurant where we had lunch was authentic, but pricey. Take a look around, read the legend that's associated with the place, but try and eat somewhere else if you're on a budget.

Thank Marjan G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

The guard told me that only the ground floor is ok to visit. on the higher floors are offices related the Archdiocese. I took pictures of the surrounding areas and the fountain before leaving. Location - in front of Plaza la Indepedencia or Plaza Grande.

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Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

There's a beautiful courtyard, and it's right in Plaza Grande, which I love. However, the restaurants are more expensive than I'd like to pay, and the shops are hardly ever open. If you want to splurge on a classy meal, there are choices here, but don't come hoping to spend the day here.

Thank amhenning360
Roeselare, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2016

Just in the same area at Plaza Independencia, the white building where you see a rows of shoe shiner (cleaner) there is a door where you can access to get inside this place. The Archbishop's Palace which is now in its primal cozy restaurants. We were here early morning and some of the shops isn't open yet. The inner court... More 

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Philadelphia, New York
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

I am writing a review because, although there isn't much to see in the Palace itself. It is very pretty from the outside. However, there is a fabulous restaurant associated with the Palace. The service is super slow, but the dishes are delicious, especially the "surprise" ice cream desserts. Skip in the Palace from inside, but make a reservation to... More 

1 Thank annarc6
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

One side of the archbishop's residence is a shopping mall with nice restaurants and stores, the prices are very affordable

1 Thank ClaudiaS339
De Pere, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2015

Located on the northeast side of Plaza Grande, this massive colonnaded structure offered much from the outside. However, once inside, there is nothing of historical interest. Today, it houses a row of shops and restaurants. So disappointing.

Thank CJW913
Orange Park, Florida
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Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

Nice to visit but nothing spectacular about it. Nice location and other things to see in the Colonial quarter such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Municipal Building, Independence Plaza, all in proximity of each other.

Thank ukienomad

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