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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. Calle de la Ronda


    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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Museo de la Ciudad


    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

  • 14. Plaza de la Independencia

    Government Building

    Locals always refer to the city's main square, shaded by palms and pines, as the Plaza Grande. The portico gracing the plaza's northern end...Read More

  • 15. Tianguez


    Outdoor cafés are a scarce commodity in the Old City. But Tianguez, a small restaurant/artisan shop makes a pleasant place to while away an...Read More

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