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Catedral de Riobamba - Historical Building Riobamba - Ecuador

Riobamba's original cathedral was destroyed in an earthquake that leveled the majority of the city in 1797. Elements of the baroque-style fa├žade were rescued and reused in the reconstruction of the current edifice, which was finished in 1837. By 1967, the building had fallen into disrepair, and faculty from La Universidad Central de Quito agreed to help with reconstruction efforts. The building's limestone fa├žade today is a striking mix of religious and pastoral scenes done in bas-relief. Inside, you'll find a mural of 1980 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo P├ęrez Esquivel. Also noteworthy is a mural on the nave of Christ with indigenous features, painted by artist Oswaldo Viteri. The Chapel of Santa Barbara is located to one side of the cathedral.


Ca. 5 de Junio, between Ca. Orozco and Ca. Veloz

Riobamba, Ecuador

Historical Building

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Here are other activities in and around Riobamba that may be of interest: La Virgen de la Merced and La Balbanera Church.

By Rachael Hanley
A sometime newspaper journalist with a heavy side of wanderlust, Rachael moved to Quito in November to work on the V!VA staff. She is currently...
08 Feb 2013

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