Cathedral of Quito (La Catedral), Quito

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Feast your eyes on the luxuriously decorated walls and ceiling of Cathedral of Quito (La Catedral). In contrast to its crisp white exterior, the cathedral's insides dazzle with colorful murals, marble columns, and gold decor. Built in the 16th century and damaged by a handful of natural disasters over the years, including a volcano eruption and an earthquake, the cathedral was declared Ecuador's most important Catholic church in 1995. Make the most of the guided tour included in your ticket price. Tours come in Spanish and, depending on the availability of guides, usually in English. Plan your visit to Cathedral of Quito (La Catedral) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Quito vacation route planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    The fact that this church has been standing for 450 years is amazing. The outside is modest, but the sanctuary is beautiful. The floors are hardwood and a bit squeaky. The inside structure is beautifu...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Great place to walk around and take picture. It's safer to walk in the morning and local restaurant are miss. Not to many places to eat.  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Not to be missed, with beautiful stained-glass Windows, worth a visit, even if I can't shoot. You can see it from various points of the city. One of many churches to visit in Ecuador.
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  • December 25, 2016
    Interesting Spanish architecture at this church that fronts the main square in the old town.
  • July 8, 2017
    A labyrinth of treasures
  • November 24, 2015
    The view from the towers is worth the visit, be sure to not only go up in the first towers but also up the one in back. For this one you have to follow a wooden path inside the cathedral's roof.
  • January 8, 2015
    Awesome architecture. Definitely worth visiting
  • June 17, 2016
    Inspiring to visit.

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Most visitors to Quito choose to stay in La Mariscal, a touristy neighborhood filled with guesthouses, restaurants, and bars. This area is also the town's nightlife hub, drawing a young crowd of revelers from around the world. If you prefer less noise, look for a bed in La Foresta, a quieter and less crowded alternative just a few blocks away from popular entertainment opportunities. For upscale sleeping options head to the old town, boasting many of Quito's top hotels in some of its prettiest buildings.
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