Museo de Arte Colonial
This museum, in a handsomely restored 17th-century building, houses an excellent collection of colonial art. On display are famous...
Palacio del Gobierno
The white building on the plaza’s northwest side is the seat of the Ecuadorian presidency. Visitors can enter by guided tours (in...
Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño
Get a glimpse of Quito’s early colonial history through wax figures, especially regarding the events of August 1810, when...
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
This 18th-century church boasts the highest tower in colonial Quito and a wealth of fascinating art, including paintings that show volcanoes erupting over the church roofs of colonial Quito and the capital covered with ashes.
Legend says 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 bell-ringer named Ceferino, and no one has dared enter the tower since he died in 1810.