Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
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The city’s main cathedral contains the tomb of Field Marshal Antonio Jose de Sucre, Quito’s liberator, and The Holy Shroud, a magnificent 18th-century sculpture by Manuel Chili Caspicara.
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,919 contributions
Jan 2020
The main entrance of the cathedral is not facing the square, which feels a bit odd. I understood this is due to a deep gorge underneath the structure. Anyway the side entrance with steps often serves as an entrance and remarkably as a stage for music bands and other performers with an audience on the square standing in front.

There is not much left of the original 16th century stone church except for the building pattern. Many earthquakes damaged the building and important additions were made in the 19th and 20th centuries. The three glazed green ceramic domes were added in 1800s, the German style belltower with Prussian helmet in 1930. The interior as well shows many replicas of earlier Baroque and Mudejar ornamentation.

Overall perhaps not as attractive as the nearby Jesuit church, or iglesia de San Francisco, but still well worth a visit.
Written January 22, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,243 contributions
Jan 2023
This is the cathedral in Plaza Indepence or also known as Plaza Grande whereas photos show other locations. Here there is a $2 entry fee and the only church where in January 2023 entry would be refused if you didn't wear a mask. Masks available $0.50. However on entry the surprise was seemingly 70% of the floorspace was given to a massive model display of religious scenes. Now this was well done. Lots of different scenes, good model villages and settings, small figures of people and animals moving all very well lit. An impressive sight.
But I had come to see a cathedral and couldn't. Behind the huge backdrop splitting the church between the altar and the model section all the church seating had been roped off, no access. This meant just side views of the main excellent altar not face on. And no photographs allowed of the altar or any of the many religious paintings that remained in the model section. Photographs were allowed there, in fact the large model was extremely popular.
Written February 7, 2023
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born2travelit
Cesena, Italy16,866 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
located in the main square, plaza de armas, just next to palacio de gobierno, this old colonial church is one of the symbol of the city of quito
Written March 21, 2015
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RudySzymon
Chicago, IL853 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
Unfortunately one person in our party lost the small camera due to skillful pickpocket thief. I saw everything but had no idea how to react, neither screaming nor running after that person seems appropriate inside this beautiful church. Fortunately our friend lost only several pictures from the day before, no big deal. Please pay attention to your surroundings even in church that happened.
Written December 25, 2016
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Jennifer D
Raleigh, NC336 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
Located on the Plaza Grande, the cathedral is unassuming when compared to beauties like La Compania de Jesus or the larger, more grandiose Basilica de Voto Nacional, up the road. But this shouldn't be missed. We had the Cathedral all to ourselves upon our visit, which was a shame, because there was much to be enjoyed. I'd especially recommend looking closely at some of the paintings-- particularly the frescoes near the ceiling, which show some more "local" takes on traditional religious scenes, like The Last Supper. But don't just stop there-- be sure to explore the doorways and hallways in the back, off of the nave itself. It might look like you shouldn't be allowed to roam there, but you are-- and it's included with your admission. Come for the interior, stay for the courtyard, libraries, and meeting rooms in the back. It's a fascinating look at religious governance, not just art and architecture.
Written October 8, 2015
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toberua
Estero, FL314 contributions
Jan 2012 • Couples
Situated on a beautiful square, the Cathedral is truly a magnificent religious structure. Besides being grand in design, it is unique in that on its exterior buttresses instead of the usual gargoyles they have used all the animals from their own Galapagos Islands, giant tortoises, Iguanas, Sea Turtles, Sharks, Sea Lions, Panthers, caymans .... they are all there. Inside is a beautiful and huge dome, with a stunning altar and beautifully appointed fixtures. Truly worth a visit, even if you are not the religious type.
Written February 12, 2012
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,688 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
Although the cathedral is the “headquarters” of the Catholic Church in Quito and is prominently located in the main square in Old Quito, it’s not as impressive as the grandiose Basilica up the street in one direction or as ornate as the gold Compania church nearby. The main item of interest is the gallery with centuries-old vestments, but it’s decidedly third among these churches as an attraction to visit.
Written December 22, 2023
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,599 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Really neat looking Cathedral that surrounds one side of the beautiful quaint little square. The large brown door adds to its majestic beauty.
Written January 22, 2021
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Marion M
Watford, UK91 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Shining in golden glory..tho there are only 53 kilos of gold our guide said.... this Catholic Church has to be seen to be believed. Symmetrical to the point of painting a second staircase for balance, the most interesting part for me was the clear Moorish influence of the pillar decorations.
Written May 25, 2019
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PrincessFi88
Vancouver, Canada249 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
With so many churches in Quito, it's hard to know which ones to visit. Not being religious, and being mostly interested in the history and getting views of the city, I think I wouldn't bother with the cathedral. Having visited the Basilica and the Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesus, the cathedral was a bit of a let down. It's very nice inside and there is the museum part too, but the interior of the Iglesia was stunning and the view from the Basilica was amazing, so the cathedral seemed to be just an ordinary Catholic church. It's also a little expensive at 4USD per person. I would only recommend this church if you are really interested in religion or visiting the museum.
Written March 22, 2019
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