City of Quito

Ecuador,City of Quito

Quito is the capital city of Ecuador in northwestern South America. It is located in northern Ecuador in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of the Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes mountains.

In Quito the modern structure mixes with the crossbreeding and colonial heritage where both national residents and foreign visitors always find a place to work, enjoy and remember.

The capital of Ecuador was declared by UNESCO as “Cultural Heritage of Mankind ” for its rich architectural beauty, seen in its churches, convents, cathedrals, and more… all built in the colonial period, some of them such as La Compañia and San Francisco, are famous for its religious art.

Quito is the perfect place to begin exploring Ecuador. See the historic sites of Quito's Old Town and the city's dozens of museums; visit its hundreds of shops, cafes, and restaurants; and take advantage of the plethora of excursions, hikes and climbs in the surrounding area.

Quito Attractions

To discover architectonic and artistic jewels of the colonial helmet of Quito, are experiences that the traveler can not leave a side, because this is the only way he will understand the essence and history of this Andean city, that is very easy to cross, but extremely difficult to forget. Quito, in addition, can be the beginning point of fascinating adventures, that will allow you to know La Mitad del Mundo, the indigenous market of Otavalo, the National park of Cotopaxi, among other places of great interest.

In the City

El Panecillo

The bread roll' is a rounded hill that affords a marvelous view of the city and surrounding countryside. At the top stands the monumental cast-aluminum statue of the city's protectress, the Virgin of Quito - a copy of Bernardo de Legarda's famous 18th century sculpture, Virgin of the Apocalypse of the Immaculate Conception on display in the Church of San Francisco.

Church of San Francisco

San Francisco is the first church built in Quito. In 1536, the Flemish Franciscan Jodoco Rique, started the construction of this temple near the place where the indigenous people traded their wares. The mudejar ceilings in the choir, the central nave, the major altar, the side chapels and the pulpit are of exceptional quality and beauty. Next to the church there are two chapels: La Capilla de Buenaventura and La Capilla de la Virgen de Dolores, the latter having been consecrated to the Virgin by the indigenous Francisco Cantuña.

La Compañia church

By its gold bread altars and their vaulted ceiling covered by fascinating paintings, this church, whose construction delayed more than 160 years, is an exceptional sample of the Quito colonial art and the Baroque style. The temple began to be constructed between 1605 and 1606, but the last section of the work - the facade stone altarpiece carved concluded in 1766, eve of the expulsion of the jesuits of Quito, decreed by King Carlos III.

Santo Domingo's Temple

This church is famous for thereligious beauty and excellence of his cupolas and sculptures that adorns the interior of the temple. It was built in XVI century. This temple is full of precious structures, like the new gothic main altar of XIX century, made by Italians Dominicans. The ceiling of the church, with its "mudéjar" style is decorated with paintings of martyrs of the Order of Santo Domingo.

Plaza de la Independencia

This became the main square of Quito in the 16th century. The Spanish were afraid that the Incas might poison their water supply, so the Spanish set up their own protected well here, and this plaza subsequently became the social center of town. The plaza also served as a central market and bullfighting area. Today, Old Town's main square is bordered by the Government Palace on the west, City Hall to the east, the Archbishop's Palace on the north, and the Cathedral to the south.



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