Santo Domingo Plaza (Plaza de Santa Domingo)
Santa Domingo Plaza graces the southern edge of Quito’s Old Town and is easily missed by visitors. It’s an airy plaza, dominated by the imposing Santo Domingo Cathedral on its southeastern side. In the center of the square a statue of hero Antonio José de Sucre points towards Pichincha Volcano where he won the battle for Ecuador’s independence in 1822.
The Santo Domingo Cathedral dates back to 1581 and houses an impressive statue of the Virgen del Rosario in an ornately carved baroque-style chapel. If you visit the plaza at night, the cathedral’s domes look beautiful floodlit.
The Plaza comes alive on weekends when neighboring Quiteños converge on the square to watch the various acrobats, jugglers and magicians go through their routines.
If you plan an evening visit to Santa Domingo Plaza, it is best to go as part of a group, or arrange for a taxi there and back, so you are not a target for would-be muggers.
Santa Domingo Plaza is near the southwest end of Calle Guayaquil in Quito's Old Town.