Notable Building in Quito

Palacio del Gobierno

The white building on the plaza’s northwest side is the seat of the Ecuadorian presidency. Visitors can enter by guided tours (in Spanish and sometimes English), which offer a glimpse of the brilliantly hued mosaic …
Notable Building in Quito

Centro Cultural Itchimbia

The Parque Itchimbia’s centerpiece is the Centro Cultural Itchimbia, a large glass-and-iron building, modeled after the city’s original Mercado Santa Clara, that hosts regular art exhibits and cultural events.
Architecture in Quito

Church of Santo Domingo

The Plaza Santo Domingo is beautiful in the evening, when the domes of the 17th-century Church of Santo Domingo, on the southeast side of the plaza, are floodlit.
Notable Building in Quito

Arco de la Reina

Further south, the Arco de la Reina, a massive arch built in the 18th century to give shelter to churchgoers, spans García Moreno.
Notable Building in Quito

Palacio Arzobispal

On the northeast side of the plaza, this former archbishop’s palace is now a colonnaded row of small shops and restaurants, located between García Moreno and Venezuela. Concerts are often held on the covered patio o…
Notable Building in Quito

Legislative Palace

Between Parque Alameda and Parque El Ejido stands the Palacio Legislativo, the equivalent of the houses of parliament or congress. A huge frieze depicting the history of Ecuador spans the north side of the building.