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Colonial Quito
Colonial Quito

Colonial Quito

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Quito, Ecuador
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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, ... Read more
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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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

The historic center of Quito offers something for everyone, from museums and churches to shopping and dining.

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The best colonial preserved city in South America, 20-25 minute car drive from suite

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Foster City, California, USA

I love the independence square and historic churches around the area. The Old Town is declared a Cultural Heritage Site as the most preserved in South America.

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Corcoran, California

The colonial sector of Quito is very large. With its narrow enchanting streets, its colonial buildings, the barroque churches and its museums it will give you memories that you will not forget.

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Anaheim, California, USA

In the heart of a crowded noisy city lies a rare sector of stunning churches and ancient monuments of the Spanish times. Behind every building is a story, sometimes romantic, sometimes bloody, or simply of an era long forgotten.

The colonial quito, the old quito, is a place to enjoy best in the hours before the sunset as the twilight casts a golden glow on the vast structures of the conquistadors.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

On the edge of the historic Colonial section of Quito you will find a small, natural hill (El Panecillo or "little bread'). Standing proudly atop is the Virgin of Quito (Virgen de Quito) - a modern 100-foot tall statue representing the winged virgin, made from 7,000 pieces of aluminum. There is a balcony in the upper part that provides a spectacular view of the city. Open Monday to Thursday (09h00 to 17h00) and Friday to Sunday (09h00 to 21h00). The entrance fee to the interior of the statue is USD $1 for adults. While here, you might want to consider enjoying a meal or refreshment on the terraza of the Pim's restaurant, where you can continue to enjoy the stunning view of the historic Colonial Quito down below.

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Mill Valley, California
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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.

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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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Baltimore, Maryland

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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Local from Quito, Ecuador

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

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Los Angeles, California

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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Melville, New York State, USA

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

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Hartford, Connecticut

It is just beautiful!

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Lloa

Centro de Quito, Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad, el mejor conservado de Sudamérica. Puedes pasar 2 semanas conociendo todas sus Iglesias, museos y sitios de interés

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Aliases: City of Quito, Old Quito, Quito Viejo

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