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Colonial Quito

Quito, Ecuador

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4.5 out of 5
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  • Colonial Quito
    Joanne Orion Miller
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    4 Nov 06, 2013

    Quito is divided into "La Mariscal", the tourist district south of the airport, and "Old Town Quito", the colonial area that is a World Heritage Site. I stayed in old town; the streets are filled with locals and country visitors selling their goods. I felt very safe; there are police and/or military (maybe a few too many) on nearly every street. The lower floors of nearly all the old buildings have small businesses of every sort, and the historic buildings and churches are all here. This is the REAL Quito, down to the graffiti on the walls. Read more about Quito and the Galapagos at 1Woman1World1Year.blogspot.com.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersArt & Design LoversHistory BuffsLocal Culture
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    Emma Lee Mueller
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    4 Jul 11, 2013

    I could spend hours walking around the cobblestone streets of Quito's "old town" historic district. Apparently this area used to be a pretty scary place not so long ago, but it seems like they've really made an effort to crack down on crime and clean things up. The architecture will make you feel like you're stepping back in time, and the people watching is some of the best in the city. It's easy to stick to the familiarity of La mariscal, but that's just one small part of Quito and you are really missing out if you don't make an effort to check out the old town as well.

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  • Colonial Quito
    Cecilia B
    5 May 31, 2013

    The colonial city of Quito was founded by the Sebastian de Benalcazar in 1534, it was built in the ruins of the ancient Inca city, today you can find examples of Inca stonework in the facades of churches and other colonial buildings. The layout of the colonial city was made in the 18th century, it has been some changes over the century. There are many places of interest, like Plaza de la Independecia, La Catedral, Palacio Arzobispal, Municipal Alcaldia, Palacio de Gobierno and more churches built in 1500 an in the 17th century.

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  • Colonial Quito
    Sergio E
    5 May 02, 2013

    Quito's old colonial center which was founded by the Spanish conquerors atop the ruins of an Inca city on December 6th, 1534 and which was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1978. From this date on, the old colonial buildings, the churches, the squares are all protected against destruction and degradation.

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  • Colonial Quito
    Edgar H
    5 Apr 26, 2013

    The Historic Center of Quito, is one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. This center was, together with the historic center of Krakow in Poland, the first to be declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 18 September 1978. By far, the main reason to visit our City. I never get tired of re-visiting and walking around the town!

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    Maria Teresa F
    5 Aug 22, 2013

    If you have only one thing to do in Quito, this is a must

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  • Colonial Quito
    Florian Lasnes
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    5 May 02, 2013

    the best part of town, really traditional, lost of small old shops and artisans

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    Pili Bonilla
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    It is just beautiful!

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    5 Jun 26, 2012
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Quito, the capital of Ecuador, has one of the least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. On September 18, 1978, it was declared one of two original UNESCO World Heritage Sites, along with the historic centre of Kraków in Poland. Founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Incan city, Quito sits at an altitude of 2,850 m. Known for the "Baroque School of Quito", monasteries such as the San Francisco and Santo Domingo, as well as the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, exhibit stunningly rich interiors.
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Aliases: City of Quito, Old Quito, Quito Viejo