Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño


Get a glimpse of Quito’s early colonial history through wax figures depicting the city's key events, including the massacre of August 2, 1810 when some 200 independence-seeking quiteños (people from Quito) were executed.

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1. Centro Cultural Metropolitano

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Just off Plaza Grande, this beautifully restored building houses the municipal library and lecture rooms, and hosts temporary art exhibitions.

2. Palacio de Gobierno

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3. Iglesia del Sagrario

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Beside the cathedral on García Moreno stands the 17th-century Iglesia del Sagrario.

4. Catedral Metropolitana

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5. Plaza Grande

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6. Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús

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Capped by green-and-gold domes, La Compañía de Jesús is Quito’s most ornate church and a standout among the baroque splendors of the Old Town. Free guided…

7. Palacio Arzobispal

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8. Casa Museo María Augusta Urrutía

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