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Iglesia San Diego - Historical Building Quito - Ecuador

At the foot of El Panecillo hill is one of the city's oldest and most historical churches, San Diego. Originally a Franciscan recoleta (retreat center), this white-washed temple was built between 1603-1610 of adobe and stone from Pichincha. Octagonal columns are present throughout. The church has a single nave, with niches that have gilded chapel screens. The apse ceiling is mudejar, not using a single nail or glue. The church and main courtyard also have remnants of murals.

Adjoining Iglesia San Diego is Quito's oldest cemetery. It is a city within the city, covering several acres. Every style of architecture is witnessed here, from elaborate mausoleums to modern, high-rise apartment burial niches. Five-time president José María Velasco Ibarra is entombed here. It has an unusual chapel.

Location:

Ca. Calicuchima 117 and Francisco Farfán (next to San Diego Cemetery)


Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

Historical Building Types:
Churches, Colonial architecture, Monastery, Churches and religious buildings

Getting There

From Plaza San Francisco (4 blocks west of Trole stop Santo Domingo), walk 2 blocks up Calle Bolívar to Calle Imbabura. Turn left and walk down 9 blocks to Calicuchima. Or take a taxi.

Travel Tips:

The neighborhood is better patrolled now, but still has security issues. Visit only in daylight hours.

Price Description:

ADMISSION: Free

Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Monday-Friday 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m., Sunday 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Friday 6:30 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday noon and 7 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Take along a snack and water; and sun protection (hat, sun block). Leave valuables at your hotel.

Currencies accepted
US dollar

Contact Information:
Phone: 02-317-3185



Here are other activities in and around Centro Histórico that may be of interest: La Compañía, Monasterio de San Francisco, San Agustín - Museum and Monastery, El Palacio Arzobispal (The Archbishop's Palace), Iglesia San Marcos, La Basílica del Voto Nacional, Iglesia de Santa Bárbara , Hotel Plaza Grande (formerly Majestic Hotel), Iglesia de la Catedral (The Cathedral) and Palacio del Gobierno.








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