Museo Catedral Vieja

Museo Catedral Vieja, Cuenca

Museo Catedral Vieja
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • Religious Sites
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Situated on top of some ancient Inca ruins, this cathedral was built in 1557 when modern Cuenca was founded.
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michael c
Ahus, Sweden1,017 contributions
beautiful cathedral
Oct 2020
the city of Cuenca is littered with churches, this is one of many, but certainly worth a visit then here.
Written October 15, 2020
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Edin Krnic
Tuzi, Montenegro3,066 contributions
Museo Catedral
Mar 2020 • Solo
I arrived here walking the historic part of town. beautiful architecture and exhibition setting. Place to must visit
Written April 8, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,606 contributions
Early 1900s art inside
Feb 2020
Symbol of Spanish power in 16th century Cuenca, initially the church was accessible to Spanish only. The victors used stone from the Pumapungo palace as construction material demonstrating who was boss now.

At the time it must have looked like an impressive building, but one can imagine why in the 1880s it was decided to build a new cathedral on the other side of the square, as the old structure looks rather small. The interior of the cathedral (now a museum) looks early 1900s and sometimes you get the impression you are in a Belle Epoque opera house.

It is possible to visit a crypt and ossuary underneath the west section of the cathedral. The remnants of those who could afford to be buried here are not show.

Admission fee 2$ (seniors 1$)
Written February 18, 2020
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Johnny B
Statesville, NC200 contributions
A Look Into the Past
Jan 2020
A nice self-tour of an old church and some interesting photos of the old city and way of life. I'm thankful for the information placards explaining the different exhibits.
Written January 28, 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,340 contributions
Not to be Missed
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is just another great church in this charming town. One block over from the main square, the day we visited there was a visiting orchestra that was performing Wagner - though we did not have tickets for the event. We toured the church afterwards and were impressed by the conversion into a museum. Nicely done.
Written January 26, 2020
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Ermilsumc
New York City, NY29 contributions
Walking into the pass
Nov 2019
Taking a tour guide through this ancient church the is a museum now ,showing beating of many years of suffering earthquakes seeing catacombs underground, Very interesting place.
Written November 12, 2019
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yycyycyyc
Calgary, AB522 contributions
Do Not Dare Miss This!!!
Sep 2019
The old, deconsecrated cathedral is now a wonderful museum. It was completely restored over several years around the turn of the millennium, including huge murals that were painted over with 40-50 years ago. It gives insight into the history of the City and the cathedral. Lots of artefacts from earlier centuries, photographs too.

For just $2 it is an absolute steal.
Written October 2, 2019
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Nathália Simoes
Belo Horizonte, MG72 contributions
Full of History
Dec 2018 • Solo
There you can see beautiful pieces of art and learn about Cuenca's history and the history about catholic religion coming to South America. I recommend to listen the recording about the place.
Written July 9, 2019
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Miguel P
Boston, MA50 contributions
Interesting
Jun 2019 • Couples
Yes, this old cathedral in Cuenca is now a museum that has to be visited. They have incredible old furniture, status and religuos figures.
Written July 7, 2019
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FLaWolf
Cuenca, Ecuador43 contributions
A look at History
May 2019 • Friends
The old Cathedral of Cuenca is a must see spot in Cuenca, Ecuador. The glimpse into the past and some interesting historical tidbits makes for both a wonderful visual and educational experience.
Written June 23, 2019
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  • Sat - Sat 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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