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Quito Cathedral or Iglesia Museo Catedral Primada de Quito is considered one of the oldest churches in Latin America and is one of the largest religious symbols of spiritual value to the Catholic community in the city of Quito.

 

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The Cathedral contains accumulated history of everyday, political, religious and artistic development of Quito generations. It is located in the heart of the historic downtown of Quito: Plaza de la Independencia or Plaza Grande, right in Pasaje Espejo, between Venezuela and Garcia Moreno Street, crossway to the Palacio de Carondelet.

 

The Cathedral of Quito construction began between 1562 and 1567, and culminated in 1806 at the administration of the President of the Royal Court: Baron Hector de Carondelet. Initially in the sixteenth century, 1535, the temple rose with carved wood and adobe. Later, in 1545, was named Cathedral. Then in 1562 it was demolished to rebuild it with stone foundations.

 

 The construction work involved organized Quiteños groups, or mingas, that built a magnificent temple full of history and charm. Its investment was provided by the Royal Treasury, the Spanish and the Indians. Its rectangular shape is due to the difficulty of building in front of Plaza Grande, because deep ravines ran towards the back. This Cathedral was the first temple built in Quito with influences and styles of Indian art and Hispanics design. The church has suffered two earthquakes that rocked the capital of Ecuador in October 1660 and in February 1797.

 

Among its attractions are beautiful works of art, paintings and sculptures by major artists of the colonial and republican period. One of the highlights is the Miguel de Santiago canvas, La Muerte de la Virgen,  the death of the Virgin, , in the wall of the choir. Moreover, in this place lie the remains of Antonio José de Sucre, Independence hero of Ecuador.  Its Colonial design makes it an architectural marvel.

 

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Quito Cathedral is one of the main buildings of the Main Square or Plaza de la Independencia.

 

It is one of the architectural and historical major pieces of Quito and Ecuador.

 

To visit the church ask to your travel agency or tour operator.

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