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Entrada a la Ciudad - Museum Loja - Ecuador

Also known as Puerta de la Ciudad (Portal de la Ciudad), the Entrada a la Ciudad de Loja is without a doubt Loja's most recognizable landmark. Built to look like a medieval gatehouse, complete with (fake) portcullis, the Entrada a la Ciudad straddles Sucre Street as it leaves downtown to the north. The Entrada crosses a very small river (it seems like overkill, in fact: you could probably jump over the “river”) and there is a small park-like area on either side.

Inside the castle-like structure, you’ll find a free art museum, a snack bar (3rd floor), and a wandering maze of stairways, balconies and towers. There is a small information desk. The gatehouse is well-kept, attractive and more than a little fun: you’ll want to stop and see it, and you’ll only need about 20 minutes. Across the street to the south are two dazzling murals dedicated to Simón Bolívar and José Antonio de Sucre, heroes of Ecuadorian independence.


Av. Universitaria, intersection of Ca. 18 de Noviembre and Ca. Sucre

Loja, Ecuador


Getting There

Impossible to miss, where 18 Noviembre, Nueva Loja and Sucre streets converge.

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Monday-Friday 8 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Saturday 9 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

Contact Information:
Phone: 09-9527-9746/8607-0730

Here are other activities in and around Loja that may be of interest: Museo de la MĂşsica, Museo De Arte Religioso and Museo de la Cultura Lojana.

By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
31 Oct 2012

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