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Santo Domingo Plaza (Plaza de Santa Domingo)

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Address: Jose Valentin y Domingo Espinar, Quito 170150, Ecuador

This busy square in Old Town is dominated by the Iglesia de Santo Domingo...

This busy square in Old Town is dominated by the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and the church museum.

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Often missed plaza

My spouse and I visited this wide open plaza on a Saturday morning while on a tour of Ecuador. Because it is located south of Centro Historico, and slightly out of the way of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 December 2015
De Pere, Wisconsin
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This is not a conventional plaza for tourists. It is a transportation plaza where three bus loops intersect. They are glassed-in stops that seem to run pretty much continuously. In the plaza itself are three large tents for the craft sellers and one large music tent with the biggest speakers money can buy. The church is there too but it... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

The plaza is nice enough with the large church as a backdrop but there isn't much to do in or around the plaza. Worth a quick look since it's near Sam Francisco.

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

My spouse and I visited this wide open plaza on a Saturday morning while on a tour of Ecuador. Because it is located south of Centro Historico, and slightly out of the way of the main attractions in this neighborhood, it is easily missed my most tourists.. Unfortunately it rained the day we were there, so we did not stroll... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

Santa Domingo Plaza forms the southern edge of Quito’s Old Town. A white cathedral dominates the plaza, which was teemed with pigeons. At the center is the statue of Sucre, who pointed to Pichincha Volcano, where his victory in 1824 laid the foundation of the Ecuadorian independence. There are tables where souvenirs were on sale. It cost $1 to have... More 

Thank abuben
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2015

Santa Domingo is a great place to just kick back and relax. The place is relativly inexpensive for all you folks coming from developed countries such as the United States, UK Canda etc.... There are several great resteraunts surrounding the plaza. The food is simply delicious. Language can be a bit of a problem. I suggest downloading google translate on... More 

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Zhanjiang, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

We visited the Plaza de Santa Domingo during the week and we found it to be a pleasant little plaza. However, we happened to be in the same area on the weekend and it was really alive with many locals enjoying dancing and music. There were also many stalls surrounding the plaza selling local wares. So, if you can, visit... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles 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... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank FyingKiwi
Guayaquil, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles 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... More 


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