Prohibido Museo de Arte Extremo


El Vado, an up-and-coming area, has some unusual establishments, such as this Grim Reaper–themed gallery, bar and nightclub. Find it on the upper (pedestrianized) level of La Condamine, just southeast of Plazoleta de la Cruz del Vado.

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Nearby Cuenca attractions

1. Church of San Francisco

0.17 MILES

Resplendently colonial, yet curiously ramshackle, plaza San Francisco's set-piece is the 19th-century Church of San Francisco, which features an…

2. Church of San Cenáculo


Two blocks east of Plaza de San Sebastián, this bare 19th-century church is worth a quick look if you happen to be passing by.

3. Church of El Carmen de la Asunción

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The stark, white church just around the corner from Plaza de San Francisco was founded in 1682 and contrasts beautifully with the colorful flower market…

4. Museo de Arte Moderno

0.25 MILES

On the south side of Plaza de San Sebastián, this fun museum was once a home for the insane. It now houses a highly regarded collection of Ecuadorian and…

5. Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción

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Also known as the ‘new cathedral,’ construction began on this vast cathedral only in 1885. Its giant domes of sky-blue Czech tile are visible from all…

6. Church of San Sebastián


The 19th-century Church of San Sebastián stands on beautiful Plaza de San Sebastián, on the western edge of the historical center.

7. Parque Calderón

0.32 MILES

A central meeting point and generally lovely place to relax, Parque Calderón is the central park of Cuenca.

8. Church of Santo Domingo

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This church, two blocks northwest of Parque Calderón, sports some fine carved wooden doors and colonial paintings. Although it looks older, the church was…