Quito is the capital of Ecuador, the country's most populous city, and at an elevation of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft) above sea level, it is the second-highest official capital city in the world. The historic centre of Quito is one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved in the Americas.
The Presidential Escort Group "Granaderos de Tarqui (Spanish: Grupo de Caballería Escolta Presidencial "Granaderos de Tarqui") is the President of Ecuador's honour guard service regiment, which protects the Carondelet Palace in Quito. Granaderos de Tarqui, means Tarqui Grenadiers in Spanish.
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito is the Catholic cathedral in Quito, Ecuador. It (and its predecessor building) served as a seat of the Diocese of Quito from 1545 until 1848 when it was elevated to Archdiocese. In 1995, it was elevated to the Cathedral of Ecuador.