Catedral Metropolitana de Quito, Quito (must see)
It has two entrances: one is part of the nave facing La Plaza Grande and the other is at the west facade facing Garcia Moreno street. Ravines prevented the main facade from facing the plaza, as is customary in Spanish city design. Artwork by an artist of the Quito School of Art adorns the interior. The main altar is designed in Baroque style, while the exterior is orthodox Spanish. The Cathedral impresses because of its white walls, its dome made of glazed green ceramic, the arch of Carondelet and the foliated staircase that comes down to Plaza Grande, articulating the Cathedral and the square. It also has three naves; the right nave opens out onto chapels crowned by domes with skylights. The roofs of the naves are supported by pointed arches. A wooden coffered ceiling lies on a golden frieze and beautiful paintings hang among the arches.
The Cathedral has Gothic features in the pointed arches of the naves. Plaques on the outside walls commemorate the launching point of Francisco de Orellana's expedition to the Amazon. The catacombs of the cathedral serve as a resting place to many important figures in Ecuador's history, such as independence leader Antonio José de Sucre. The small altar of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores has a plaque showing where Gabriel García Moreno was shot in 1875.
Why You Should Visit:
There are a lot of beautiful churches in Quito and some with more gold than this; however, there are two main reasons why you must come here.
First, the Nativity scene – it has a Spanish horse and an alpaca. Secondly, the Last Supper, which has a cuy (guinea pig) as the centerpiece.
For a quick fun adventure, get the ticket which includes the domes ($6) and enjoy some seriously claustrophobic short passages up to the roof providing great views across town.
Also, a few really well-priced craft stores in the cathedral are selling alpaca scarves and clothes – you'll regret not buying whilst there as you'll never see better prices.
This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Quito, Ecuador within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
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