Museo de Arte Colonial
One block to the northeast of Plaza Grande is the excellent Museo de Arte Colonial . In a restored 17th-century building, the museum...
Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño
Get a glimpse of Quito’s early colonial history (and some rather lifelike wax figures) in the Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño .
Palacio del Gobierno
The heart of the old town is the Plaza Grande (formally known as Plaza de la Independencia), a picturesque, palm-fringed square...
Las Cuevas de Luís Candela
Built in the vaulted cellar of an old-time building, this atmospheric and windowless Spanish/Ecuadorian restaurant has been around since...
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La Merced information
Two blocks northwest of the Plaza Grande, you’ll find La Merced , constructed between 1700 and 1742. At 47m, its tower is the highest in colonial Quito. Legend has it that the tower, the only unblessed part of the church, is possessed by the devil. Supposedly the only person strong enough to resist the devil was a black bell-ringer named Ceferino, and no one has dared enter the tower since he died in 1810. Hence the clock stands still and the bell hangs unrung.