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El Carmen de la Asuncion Church, Cuenca

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Church Tourist Spot
Unassuming and whitewashed, El Carmen de la Asuncion Church sits in the heart of the city and remains an example of traditional religious architecture. Built in the 17th century, the simple structure stands in stark contrast to the flower market, a colorful collection of stalls held right in front of the church. Put El Carmen de la Asuncion Church and other Cuenca attractions into our Cuenca vacation trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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Extremely popular with international visitors and expats, Cuenca features the sizeable range of hotel options you might expect from a renowned tourist destination. Scores of hotels and bed and breakfasts line the streets of the city's old town, many of them occupying historic mansions and homes restored to their former glory. The larger, more upscale hotels in the city center tend to offer onsite restaurants and other amenities, while cheaper hostels feature little more than bunk beds in exchange for much lower rates. However, keep in mind that Cuenca's popularity has a flip side, as the large foreign presence makes for higher prices than elsewhere in Ecuador and also large fluctuations in cost depending on the season.
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  • We have been to this block many times and always found the church closed. This time, we walked by on a weekday before lunch and found the church in mid-service. Its carefully carved wooden entrance is...  more »
  • Located about a block away from the new Cathedral, this small, old church is easy to locate. In front of it are vendors selling beautiful fresh flower arrangements and plants. I said my prayers, took ...  more »
  • As you enter form behind a screen you are confronted by the breathtaking altar full of flowers when we visited. It is a riot of colour and kitsch but very popular with the locals. Next door are the sa...  more »