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The Parque la Carolina’s newest addition is the Jardín Botánico ...
Two blocks from the Plaza Grande, the Monastery of San Agustín is a fine example of 17th-century architecture...
To further acquaint yourself with Ecuador’s flora and fauna, head to the curious natural-history museum, the Museo de Ciencias Naturales ...
Above Abya Yala bookstore, the Museo Amazónico is run by the Salesian Mission and houses an impressive display of indigenous artifacts collected by the missionaries in the Oriente...
The statue of Francisco de Orellana near González Suárez depicts Francisco de Orellana looking down into the valley, marking the beginning of his epic journey from Quito to the Atlantic – the first descent of the Am...
A block-and-a-half southeast of La Compañía is the beautifully restored Casa de Sucre , the former home of Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre, the hero of Ecuadorian independence, and now a small museum full of early-19t...
The Quito Observatory was opened by President García Moreno in 1864 and is the oldest observatory on the continent...
The Parque Itchimbia’s centerpiece is the Centro Cultural Itchimbia , a large glass-and-iron building, modeled after the city’s original Mercado Santa Clara, that hosts regular art exhibits and cultural events.
Between Parque Alameda and Parque El Ejido is the legislative palace , the equivalent of the houses of parliament or congress. A huge frieze depicting the history of Ecuador spans the north side of the building.
Just off the plaza, the outstanding Centro Cultural Metropolitano houses several temporary art exhibits, an intriguing museum, two rooftop terraces and a pleasant café on the interior patio.
Beside the cathedral on García Moreno stands the 17th-century Church of El Sagrario , originally intended as the main chapel of the cathedral but now a separate church.
The Plaza Santo Domingo is beautiful in the evening, when the domes of the 17th-century Church of Santo Domingo , on the southeast side of the plaza, are floodlit.
On the northeast side of the plaza, the Palacio Arzobispal is now a colonnaded row of small shops and restaurants, located between García Moreno and Venezuela.
Further south, the Arco de la Reina , a massive arch built in the 18th century to give shelter to churchgoers, spans García Moreno.
Get a glimpse of Quito’s early colonial history (and some rather lifelike wax figures) in the Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño .
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