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Taken April 5, 2010 in the capital, Quito, Ecuador.
The Cathedral of Quito (Spanish: La Catedral de Quito, officially La Catedral) is the cathedral church in Quito, Ecuador. Located on the southern side of La Plaza Grande, it serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quito. It is considered to be one of the oldest cathedrals in South America.
Mid-roof, beside the column, you can see the Virgen De El Panecillo statue on the adjacent hill.
Atypical of Spanish city design, the cathedral has two entrances: one is part of the nave facing La Plaza Grande and the other is at the west facade facing Garcia Moreno street with an east-west orientation. This is due to the geography of Quito when construction began. Ravines prevented the main facade from facing the plaza, as is customary in Spanish city design.
The Cathedral impresses because of its white walls, its dome made of glazed green ceramic, the arch of Carondelet and the foliated staircase that comes down to Plaza Grande, articulating the Cathedral and the square. Once inside one discovers the longitudinal ground floor three naves; the right nave opens out onto chapels crowned by domes with skylights.
The catacombs of the cathedral serve as a resting place to many important figures in Ecuador’s history, such as independence leader Antonio José de Sucre, who is laid to rest at the Mausoleum Chapel. The small altar of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores (English: Our Lady of Sorrows) has a plaque showing where Gabriel García Moreno was shot in 1875.
Most of the churches have been restored many times due to damage from frequent earthquakes or volcanic activity.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quito divides the city into 167 parishes, which are grouped into 17 zones.
San Francisco de Quito, most often called Quito is the capital city of Ecuador in northwestern South America. It is located in north-central Ecuador in the Guayllabamba river basin, on the eastern slopes of Pichincha, an active stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains. With a population of approximately 1,504,991 in 2005, Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil. In 2008 the city was designated as the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations.
The elevation of the city’s central square (Plaza de La Independencia or Plaza Grande) is 2,800 m (about 9,186 ft), making Quito the second-highest administrative capital city in the world (after La Paz, Bolivia), and the highest legal capital (ahead of Sucre, also in Bolivia, and Bogotá, Colombia).
The central square of Quito is located about 25 km (15 miles) south of the equator; the city itself extends to within about 1 km (0.6 miles) of zero latitude.
Quito, along with Krakow, were the first Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978.