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Del Sagrario

Luis Cordero | Parque Calderon, Cuenca, Ecuador
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Ranked #7 of 25 Attractions in Cuenca
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Description: Situated on top of some ancient Inca ruins, this cathedral was built in 1557 when modern Cuenca was founded.
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Washington, DC
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138 reviews 138 reviews
65 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This mid-16th Century church has been repeatedly rebuilt and is now a museum, but it retains some elements of that original building, including restorations of the first, somewhat primitive but very attractive frescos. Some of the old wooden beams are also evident in the alter area. In some respects, this simpler church is more impressive than its 19th Century successor... More

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Santiago, Chile
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

An atypic building, and a nice visit for the fans of religious architecture in Latin America ! They sometimes organize live music performances, must be nice because the nave is really beautiful. The organs are also worth a look.

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Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Interesting place at one end there is a big pipe organ and at the other there are life sized statues of Jesus and the apostles. A side room has a wooden scale model of the new cathedral, complete with the towers that were never built. It's a great way to see what the architecture of the new cathedral is- you... More

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Puerto Cayo, Ecuador
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We loved this cathedral. It is absolutely stunning. Wandering around the main nave, the hand-painted murals on the ceiling are fantastic. The life-sized sculptures of Christ and his disciples depicting the Last Supper are amazing and then....you enter another room and..... I am not going to spoil it. This you have to see for yourself. Suffice to say, it moved... More

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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61 reviews 61 reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The old cathedral is the one that does not have the landmark blue domes. It is situated across Parque Calderon from the new cathedral. It has been made into a museum. One of the exhibits is a solid wood model of the new cathedral done by an architect. The chapels are beautiful. The church is also used occasionally by the... More

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Miami
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I love all the hand craft architecture, it is amazing what the culture created and preserved for 100's of years. Can anyone say that in a Urban infested city? The older women dress traditional and all appear the same age. I hope it does not go away as it is a dying genre literally.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Old cathedral of Cuenca is nowadays a museum. We found very interesting old photos - giving us an idea how citizens used to live in this town.

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Los Angeles, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
33 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Great location, wonderful Spanish architecture. This area is very colonial and reminds me of Siena, Italy. It tends to rain often. Mass is conducted throughout the day.

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Lynnwood, Washington, United States
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116 reviews 116 reviews
71 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Catedral Vieja (Museo Religioso) La Iglesia Matriz de Cuenca built in 1779. It did cost $1 to go in and I was allowed to take photos without flash. It was a very nice church and history. It was all on the ground floor without stairs so it is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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Crawford Bay, BC
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

The cathedral is now "just" a museum - an incredible museum. Be sure to look up at the magnificent organ. The windows must have rattled when they played that!

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