Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito
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The city’s main cathedral contains the tomb of Field Marshal Antonio Jose de Sucre, Quito’s liberator, and The Holy Shroud, a magnificent 18th-century sculpture by Manuel Chili Caspicara.
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,690 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Although the cathedral is the “headquarters” of the Catholic Church in Quito and is prominently located in the main square in Old Quito, it’s not as impressive as the grandiose Basilica up the street in one direction or as ornate as the gold Compania church nearby. The main item of interest is the gallery with centuries-old vestments, but it’s decidedly third among these churches as an attraction to visit.
Written 22 December 2023
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,253 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This is the cathedral in Plaza Indepence or also known as Plaza Grande whereas photos show other locations. Here there is a $2 entry fee and the only church where in January 2023 entry would be refused if you didn't wear a mask. Masks available $0.50. However on entry the surprise was seemingly 70% of the floorspace was given to a massive model display of religious scenes. Now this was well done. Lots of different scenes, good model villages and settings, small figures of people and animals moving all very well lit. An impressive sight.
But I had come to see a cathedral and couldn't. Behind the huge backdrop splitting the church between the altar and the model section all the church seating had been roped off, no access. This meant just side views of the main excellent altar not face on. And no photographs allowed of the altar or any of the many religious paintings that remained in the model section. Photographs were allowed there, in fact the large model was extremely popular.
Written 7 February 2023
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana de Quito), known simply as la Catedral, is the Catholic cathedral in Quito, Ecuador. Located on the Plaza de la Independencia (La Plaza Grande), it served as a seat of the Diocese of Quito from 1545 until 1848 when it was elevated to Archdiocese. In 1995, it was elevated to the Cathedral of Ecuador, making it the seniormost Catholic church in the country.
Written 12 January 2022
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,604 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
Really neat looking Cathedral that surrounds one side of the beautiful quaint little square. The large brown door adds to its majestic beauty.
Written 22 January 2021
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada24,697 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
After having been somewhat let down by the plain altar at Basilica del Voto Nacional (the city's "largest cathedral" where I had been just a day before which yes is not much of one with glitters inside but for "pretty comprehensive" views of the city from above its three towers), I was just "pleasantly surprised" here by the beautiful gold-glittered altar which is also of a "fairly imposing" size (a nice reminder I would say of those amazing altars of cathedrals in countries like Peru & Brazil seen about a year prior on my previous "wide circle" journey through South America). And yes, not as much on a grand scale as the main altar, also to see are: sizeable shrines & secondary altars or such (not much less glittering than the main one), the tombs of some important personalities (one may be that of a past president of the country) and a number of "awesome-sized" paintings (depicting various religious scenes) on the two sides along the length of the Cathedral. Then there's also the part of the Cathedral (which is a part "a little apart" from the Cathedral's main floor by going through like a small doorway on one side) where I was actually quite amazed by this "huge & long" painting of the city of Quito and where there's also a sizeable room which I would call a "historical gem" or such for these big painting-portraits of those I assumed were the chief bishops or cardinals of this cathedral over the centuries (with also a little library room or such adjacent to that big room with portraits).

Located on the south side of Plaza Grande, it's a pretty nice view of the Plaza (including the vertical Independence Monument or such at the center & the "pretty long" building with pillars on its front side which is the Presidential Palace on the Plaza's west side) from the front steps of this cathedral. And then, just a very short walk to the south (to the left after coming out of the Cathedral followed by another left to leave the Plaza) is Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus (not much to look at from outside but with a "great golden" interior which I was just "absolutely awed" by) and further south (but not the straight way past Compania de Jesus) are the two "spacious plazas" of Plaza San Francisco & Plaza Santo Domingo (with the "long building" which is the respective church or convent of each plaza along its one side although "only a small part" of each of those two buildings is allowed to the public).
Written 3 May 2020
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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic6,325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Just on the southwestern side of the Grand Plaza strokes anyone by white painted facade. The cathedral two main entrances. The elaborate arched side-entrance and its semi-circular staircase facing the Plaza were an early 19th-century addition. For fee you climb up to the roof for view of the town. As other sites it was closed due to the Corona virus precaution.
Written 29 March 2020
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
The Metropolitan Cathedral fronts the Plaza Grande and is considered by some to be the oldest church in Quito. It is not that gilded or “flashy” as compared to the Jesuit, San Francisco, La Merced churches or imposing as the Basilica and is generally overlooked by tourists. Nevertheless, it is important for the nation and contains some beautiful colonial religious art and tombs of the independence hero, Antonio Sucre and President Garcia Moreno. It has a nice baroque gilded altar and a wooden roof with chandeliers — imposing but not super-ornate as its rivals. You could climb its dome to get a super view of the Plaza and the city. Admission is $4 — and an extra charge for the dome climb. Important site but when I visited, there was only one other couple touring the cathedral.
Written 27 February 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,977 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The main entrance of the cathedral is not facing the square, which feels a bit odd. I understood this is due to a deep gorge underneath the structure. Anyway the side entrance with steps often serves as an entrance and remarkably as a stage for music bands and other performers with an audience on the square standing in front.

There is not much left of the original 16th century stone church except for the building pattern. Many earthquakes damaged the building and important additions were made in the 19th and 20th centuries. The three glazed green ceramic domes were added in 1800s, the German style belltower with Prussian helmet in 1930. The interior as well shows many replicas of earlier Baroque and Mudejar ornamentation.

Overall perhaps not as attractive as the nearby Jesuit church, or iglesia de San Francisco, but still well worth a visit.
Written 22 January 2020
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MichelDoortmont
Groningen, The Netherlands48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A good example of an early Spanish colonial cathedral with local details, with added museum. Apart from the many chapels and the great exterior and interior of the building, what struck us was the friendly atmosphere inside. When we visited, a children's choir was practicing and his was a joy to attend. Friendly people too, who are quite willing to engage socially.
Written 21 November 2019
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C H
Buenos Aires, Argentina250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The cathedral has an amazing gold altar and some interesting art and treasures inside, but by far the most exciting reason for visiting, is to take a tour up to the roof. You climb through a very narrow and dark staircase and passages and emerge on the roof for a great view of the city and the square beneath. You can even climb up on to the domes. Included in this ticket was also a quick tour of the crypt.
Not quite as impressive as the basilica, but still very interesting
Written 23 September 2019
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