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San Agustín - Museum and Monastery - Historical Building Quito - Ecuador

Constructed by Spanish architect Francisco Becerra in 1573 and then rebuilt after the earthquake in 1868, this beautifully designed church and monastery holds political and artistic significance to Ecuador. The nation's Declaration of Independence was signed here in on August 10, 1809, and the interior contains gigantic, gorgeous depictions of St. Augustine's life by painter Miguel de Santiago, famous in the Quitan school of art. Ornately designed altars and cloisters fill the multi-level building, including the main altar brought in from Rome. Of powerful significance is a golden crucifix by Olmos, an 18th-century Quiteno artist.


Chile 924 and Guayaquil

Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

Historical Building Types:
Churches, Colonial architecture, Monastery, Site of historic significance, Church and museum, Monastery and museum, Churches and religious buildings, Historic architecture, Spiritual/Religious, Castle/Chalet/Monastary

Price Description:

ADMISSION $1 adults, $0.50 students and seniors

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Monday-Friday 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Friday 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m.

Days Closed:Sundays

Travel Skills: None

Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), other major churches and museums in the Centro Histórico.

Currencies accepted
US dollar

Contact Information:
Phone: 02-295-5525

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

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