Quito

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  • 1. Iglesia de la Compañía

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The "company" referred to here is the Society of Jesus, the powerful Jesuit order that profoundly influenced religious life in colonial South...Read More

  • 2. Basílica del Voto Nacional

    El Belén | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Construction of this neo-Gothic church has been going on for more than a century, but it still isn't completed, and never will be: Local...Read More

  • 3. Calle de la Ronda

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Here's a textbook case on how to do urban renewal: The city has taken one of its most historic streets, cleaned it up, beefed up security, and...Read More

  • 4. Casa de Sucre

    Centro | Building/Architectural Site

    The restored Sucre House, once the residence of Field Marshal Antonio José de Sucre, displays 19th-century furniture and clothing as well as...Read More

  • 5. Casa del Alabado

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum of pre-Colombian art and artifacts is easy to miss, hidden as it is inside a lovingly-restored 17th-century house. The museum has...Read More

  • 6. Catedral

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The city's cathedral is a repository of art from the Quiteña school, which combined themes of Spanish and indigenous cultures: Jesus preaching...Read More

  • 7. El Panecillo

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The opening of the New City's Teleferiqo has eclipsed this rounded hill and its stunning views as Quito's most popular lookout point, but El...Read More

  • 8. Fundación Guayasamín and Capilla del Hombre

    Bellavista | Museum/Gallery

    Ecuador's most famous contemporary artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919–99), held court at a workshop and beautiful museum in the residential...Read More

  • 9. Guápulo

    Town/Village

    Nestled in a secluded valley below the Guayasamín museums, the village of Guápulo is a preserved pocket of colonial architecture only 2 km ...Read More

  • 10. Iglesia de la Merced

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Church of Mercy's beautiful, light-filled interior contains a brilliant statue of the Virgin of Mercy above the main altar. It was sculpted...Read More

  • 11. Iglesia de San Agustín

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1809 Ecuador's declaration of independence was signed in the Church of St. Augustine, and many of the soldiers who fought the Spanish crown...Read More

  • 12. Iglesia de San Francisco

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Established by Franciscan monks in 1536 and said to be the first church built in the Americas, the Church of San Francisco was named for the...Read More

  • 13. Iglesia de Santo Domingo

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The interior of the colonial Church of Santo Domingo may not be as impressive as the Old City's other churches, but it does feature an eye-catching...Read More

  • 14. Iglesia Parroquial del Sagrario

    Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Church of the Shrine is noted for its beautiful facade in carefully sculpted stone, large gilded altar, and colorful interior, which includes...Read More

  • 15. Museo Casa de María Augusta Urrutia

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    In the colonial section of Quito is the Museum of Maria Augusta Urrutia, which a grieving widow kept exactly as it had been when her husband...Read More

  • 16. Museo de Arte Colonial

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    The Museum of Colonial Art, housed in a restored 17th-century colonial mansion, includes colonial furniture and 16th- to 18th-century sculpture...Read More

  • 17. Museo de la Ciudad

    Museum/Gallery

    Follow the life of the city from indigenous trading post and northern Inca capital to conflict with conquistadors up to the 19th-century. In...Read More

  • 18. Museo del Banco Central

    La Mariscal | Museum/Gallery

    The Central Bank Museum, Quito's most modern museum, features an astonishing collection of pre-Colombian archaeology and Inca artifacts. Brightly...Read More

  • 19. Parque El Ejido

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    One of Quito's largest parks, El Ejido is popular for its extensive playgrounds and courts for ecuavoli (three-person volleyball). Theater...Read More

  • 20. Parque La Alameda

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The elongated triangle of La Alameda Park lies between the Old and New cities, near the Asamblea Legislativa, a large, modern building that...Read More

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