Palacio Arzobispal


On the northeast side of Plaza Grande, this former archbishop’s palace is now a colonnaded row of small shops and restaurants, located between Avenidas García Moreno and Venezuela. Concerts are often held on the covered patio on weekends.

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1. Plaza Grande

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While wandering around colonial Quito, you'll probably pass through the Plaza Grande several times. Its benches are great for soaking up the Andean…

2. Palacio de Gobierno

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The low white building on the northwestern side of Plaza Grande is the seat of the Ecuadorian presidency. Visitors can enter by joining a free guided tour…

3. Catedral Metropolitana

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On Plaza Grande's southwest side stands Quito's cathedral. Although not the most ornate of the Old Town’s churches, it has some fascinating works by…

4. Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño

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Get a glimpse of Quito’s early colonial history through wax figures depicting the city's key events, including the massacre of August 2, 1810 when some…

5. Centro Cultural Metropolitano

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Just off Plaza Grande, this beautifully restored building houses the municipal library and lecture rooms, and hosts temporary art exhibitions.

6. Iglesia del Sagrario


Beside the cathedral on García Moreno stands the 17th-century Iglesia del Sagrario.

7. Convento San Agustín


This monastery is a fine example of 17th-century architecture, with unusual Moorish arches decorated with hundreds of golden pineapples. Many of the…

8. Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús

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Capped by green-and-gold domes, La Compañía de Jesús is Quito’s most ornate church and a standout among the baroque splendors of the Old Town. Free guided…