Information about Ecuador: Ecuador, officially the republic of Ecuador (Spanish: república del ecuador, which literally translates as “republic of the equator”), is a representative democratic republic in north-western south America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the pacific ocean to the west. Ecuador also includes the Galapagos Islands in the pacific, about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) west of the mainland. Quito is the capital with a population of 1,61 million (2020). Read More...

Heritages and Museums

City Museum

The City Museum is a museum in the colonial center of Quito, Ecuador. It is located on Garcia Moreno Street, between Morales and Rocafuerte. The museum was founded in 1998 and occupies the buildings of what was once the San Juan de Dios Hospital. The museum chronicles the history of Quito, along with 400 years of the history of the hospital. The former hospital buildings include an area of 10,200 square meters which house the four museum collections, 10 exhibition halls, workshop areas and museum offices, arranged around four courtyards. In addition to its permanent collections, the museum also offers the temporary exhibitions, focusing on particular aspects of life in Quito.

Ingapirca is a town in Cañar Province, Ecuador, and the name of the older Inca ruins and archeological site nearby. These are the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador. The most significant building is the Temple of the Sun, an elliptically shaped building constructed around a large rock. The building is constructed in the Inca way without mortar, as are most of the structures in the complex. The stones were carefully chiseled and fashioned to fit together perfectly. The Temple of the Sun was positioned so that on the solstices, at exactly the right time of day, sunlight would fall through the center of the doorway of the small chamber at the top of the temple. Most of this chamber has fallen down.

The Basilica of the National Vow is a Roman Catholic Church located in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador. It is the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas. The basilica is the most important work of neo-Gothic Ecuadorian architecture and is one of the most representative of the Americas. It is the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the New World. The building is noted for its grotesques in the form of native Ecuadorian animals such as armadillos, iguana, and Galapagos tortoises.

Mitad del Mundo

The Ciudad Mitad del Mundo is a tract of land owned by the prefecture of the province of Pichincha, Ecuador. It is located at San Antonio parish of the canton of Quito, 26 km north of the center of Quito. The grounds contain the Monument to the Equator, which highlights the exact location of the Equator (from which the country takes its name) and commemorates the eighteenth century Franco-Spanish Geodesic Mission which fixed its approximate location.

Guayasamin Museum

The Fundación Guayasamín Museum is located in Quito, Ecuador. This art museum is home to a large selection of intriguing artworks by Oswaldo Guayasamín. It also houses Guayasamín’s private collection of art. Guayasamín is considered one of the greatest artists in Ecuador and his works are truly insightful. The Fundación Guayasamín Museum is situated on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. This it offers visitors great inspiration, both inside and outside its walls.

Pumapungo Museo

Pumapungo Museo is the biggest also the best and in the case of museums in Cuenca, Museo Pumapungo del Ministerio de Cultura proves the rule. From portraits to ponchos, from 50,000-sucre bills to shrunken heads, Cuenca’s most extensive and impressive artistic, historical, cultural, and ethnological exhibits are housed on three floors in a large wing of the Central Bank.

Casa del Alabado

Casa del Alabado is a Precolumbian Art Museum located in the historic downtown area of Quito, Ecuador. The museum is located in a colonial house built in the 17th century during the Spanish Colony. It houses a collection of over 5,000 archaeological pieces, 500 of which are on permanent display. Casa del Alabado is unique in the sense that its display is organized thematically.

The Church and Monastery of St. Francis, commonly known as el San Francisco, is a 16th-century Roman Catholic complex in Quito, Ecuador. It fronts onto its namesake Plaza de San Francisco. The imposing structure has the distinction of being the largest architectural ensemble among the historical structures of colonial Latin America and for this reason is sometimes known as “El Escorial of the New World”

la capilla del hombre

La Capilla del Hombre The painter Oswaldo Guayasamín´s La Capilla del Hombre occupies a site in Bellavista overlooking the city of Quito, Ecuador. The Capilla is a purpose-built art museum dedicated to the peoples of Latin America. Although this chapel contains fewer pieces of Guayasamín’s art than the nearby foundation and museum, the building he designed provides an atmosphere specific to his artwork to view his paintings.

Aboriginal Cultures Museum

Aboriginal Cultures Museum The museum is located in the district of Todos Santos, at the intersection of the Long and Mariano Cueva Street. It presents a sample of great archaeological value of different historical periods of Ecuador. It also has a select collection of paintings and crafts of the Colonial era.

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