Independence Square, also known as Big Square , is located in the heart of the old city. This is the central square of the city and one of the symbols of the executive power ofthe nation. Its main feature is the monument to the independence heroes of August 10, 1809, date remembered as the First Cry of Independence of the Royal Audience of Quito from spanish monarchy. Theenvironment of the square is flanked by the Carondelet Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipal Palace and the Plaza Grande Hotel.
In this square is the monument ofthe independence of August 10, 1809, which gave the Spanish-American First Cry of Independence. This monument was inaugurated on August 16, 1906, as President Eloy Alfaro, Francisco Durini was thedesigner of the monument. This monument is made of cast bronze, has different representations like the wounded lion represents the flight of the Spanish crown and to reach freedom, the condor with apiece of string which represents that Quito is freed from Spain, acanthus leaves that represent the major accomplishments achieved with effort, the bay leaves representing the victory, the globerepresenting the world, the weapons symbolize strength in unity, the laurel crown that represents the victory achieved, the torch represents the completion of obscurantism.
the square is surrounded by fivebuildings which are:East: Building of the Municipality of Quito, North: Archbishop's Palace, West: Palacio de Carondelet and South: Cathedral of Quito
The cock of the Cathedral
THE COCK OF THECATHEDRAL
There was once a very wealthy man who lived like a king. Early in the morning eating breakfast. After nap. Then, lunch and evening, smelling of perfume, went out. Down to the PlazaGrande. He stood before the cock of the Cathedral and mocking him said:
-What a cock! What nonsense cock!
Then, Ramon walked down the slope of Santa Catalina. He entered the shop of Mrs. Mariana to...