Monastery of San Diego

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

Northwest of El Panecillo, this beautiful 17th-century monastery sits in a quiet courtyard behind thick walls above the old town. The only way inside is by tour, which, although it’s recited with the enthusiasm of a mass in Latin, is worth suffering through to see the wealth of colonial art inside. There are outstanding works from both the Quito and Cusco schools including one of Quito’s finest pulpits, carved by the notable indigenous woodcarver Juan Bautista Menacho.