The Quito Government Palace is one of the great attractions to see during a trip to the capital city of Ecuador. Architecture is a big draw here because of beautiful sights such as the Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito, which has the tallest bell towers in the country, and this government building is appealing as well, particularly for visitors interested in the history of Ecuador. Built between the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, this palace is known not only for its architecture but also for a special piece of art on the inside.
At the top of the staircase leading to the first floor, there is a mural by the famous Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin. This mural is a depiction of the discovery of the Amazon River in the sixteenth century. Another of the top Quito attractions also shows works by Oswaldo Guayasamin. Visit the Guayasamin Museum to see a variety of paintings by the artist as well as his own personal art collection.
The Quito Government Palace was built by the President of the Royal Council, Baron Hector de Carondelet. Located on the main square, the palace faces the Cathedral and is near to City Hall. Many tourists visit this square during the day, but one great tip is to come back and see it by night. All of the top Quito attractions take on another façade when they are lit up at night.
At night there aren’t many tourists left around and you will see mostly local people enjoying an evening stroll and the views. Travelers shouldn’t worry too much about safety, as the area near the Presidential Palace is patrolled. Historically, the building has also been a place of protest. Learning a little about Quito’s political past will make visiting the palace even more significant.