Parque Central


Loja’s main square is always busy with shoeshine boys, newspaper vendors and local devotees stepping into the cathedral for their daily devotions to the Virgen del Cisne.

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1. Cathedral

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Watch the devotees stepping inside for their daily devotions to the Virgen del Cisne.

2. Museo de la Cultura Lojana

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On the south side of Parque Central, a characterful republican-era building houses this museum and its exhibits, which include good local art, archaeology…

4. Plaza Santo Domingo

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Make a beeline a block south of Parque Central for this plaza, mainly notable for the Church of Santo Domingo, adorned with religious paintings.

5. Museo de la Música

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This fun museum located in an old school explores the lives of famous musicians who hailed from Loja (most peaking in success during the golden 1890–1940…

6. Plaza San Francisco

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A block north of the Parque Central, this smallish plaza is crowned by a statue of the city’s founder astride his horse.

7. Plaza de la Independencia

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The plaza is hemmed in by the Church of San Sebastián and colonial-era buildings with pillared overhangs and shuttered wooden balconies. A brightly tiled…

8. Calle Lourdes

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This narrow lane is the oldest colonial street in Loja. There are some nice art galleries here (if only the street were pedestrianized, they would be much…