Situated in the Plaza de la Independencia and diagonally across from the Palacio de Gobierno, this building boasts striking ... More
Situated in the Plaza de la Independencia and diagonally across from the Palacio de Gobierno, this building boasts striking columns, long corridors and inner patios. Since the arrival of the Spanish in Quito, the Catholic religion has exerted its influence in no uncertain terms on the life of the city. On the 8th of January 1545, Pope Paul III ordered the establishment of the Diocese of San Francisco de Quito, headed by a bishop. This prelate and his assistants lived in different houses around the cathedral. El Palacio Arzobispal was the residence of the Bishop from 1700. In 1858 and between 1975 and 1978, the palace was rebuilt.
An arch shaped passageway bridges the 800m gap between the palace and the Cathedral. The palace was given by King
Alfonso VIII to Archbishop Don Rodrigo Jimenez de Rada. It has been much modified over the years by order ...
Located inside the Parque La Alameda, this observatory was built between 1873 and 1875. The equatorial telescope, built in Germany
and installed in the main tower, was once one of the three most advanced telescopes in the world, along ...
La Plaza de la Independencia is located at the heart of the historic quarter of the city. It was from
this around this square that the city was planned in 1535. Facing the square are the Palacio de Gobierno, ...