Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cuenca, Ecuador | 2016

Park Abdón Calderón and the New Cathedral behind it.

Hello, everyone!

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I went to the beautiful city of Cuenca, in the Highland of Ecuador. And what a better day to share my post about that trip than today: the day of Cuenca’s Independence.

The New Cathedral.

Cuenca’s full name is Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca, and it’s the capital of Azuay Province. It’s known as the most European city in Ecuador due to its 16th and 17th century era Spanish colonial architecture resembling to cities and architecture throughout Spain.

The center of the city of Cuenca is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site due to its many historical buildings.

At the top of the New Cathedral.
On the right, you can a see a bronze statue of the Virgin Mary.

View of the city from the top of the New Cathedral.

My mom, cousins, and I took a tour inside of the Catedral Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception), which is also known as Catedral Nueva (New Cathedral). The Cathedral’s towers are truncated due to miscalculations of the architect. If they had been raised to their planned height, the foundation of the Cathedral would not have been able to bear the weight.

The tour took us on a visit through the Cathedral’s crypt and all the way to the top of the towers, from where we had the gorgeous view you can appreciate in one of the pictures above.

Pink tree on the corner of Cuenca's flower market.

Cuenca's famous flower market.
It's located in the atrium of the Monastery of El Carmen de la Asunción.

While in Cuenca, we stayed at The Forum Hotel, a recently restored heritage building in the city center. It’s the second time we stay at this hotel, because they accept small pets and we always travel with our mini French Poodle, Osito.

It is owned by a German-Ecuadorian family, and the service is exceptional. I also highly recommend the food from the hotel restaurant, La Brasserie, which serves dishes with an Ecuadorian and French fusion.

Iglesia de San Alfonso (Church of San Alfonso).
It's located near to the Forum Hotel.

Iglesia de San Francisco (Church of San Francisco).

Iglesia de La Merced (Church of La Merced).
Since Cuenca's founding, its citizens have had a fervent faith towards the Catholic Church, hence the many Catholic churches and religious temples in a reduced space. Most of them were built in a Neoclassical and Baroque style, but you can also find some Gothic influence on the churches’ high towers.

There are around 15 well-known and functioning Catholic churches in Cuenca, and there are also other churches that are now used as museums.

Corte Provincial de Justicia del Azuay (Provincial Court of Justice of Azuay).

Cuenca's Town Hall.
Cuenca is my favorite city of Ecuador. I love the weather, the architecture, the flower market... It's a beautiful city!

What's your favorite city to visit in your country?

Lots of Love,


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