5 Hours Walking tour itinerary for Quito: The Stories And Realities Of Quito
Visit a city full of hidden places that have kept a very rich heritage. During hundreds of years, many people have lived here shaping a multi-cultural town where every house or monastery have thousands of stories of mysterious and enigmatic characters. Unfold all such mysteries of this marvelous city.
We will meet in the Plaza Grande and then walk to the monastery of San Diego.Its construction started in 1599 and finished around 1626 and served as a place for spiritual retreats of the Franciscan monks.
We will pass by the 24 de Mayo Boulevard that was known in Pre-Colombian times as the "Ravine of the turkey buzzards" filled up in 1900's in order to create a boulevard for the wealthy families of that time.Around 1650, a silver pyx was stolen from the convent of San Clara and the box that contained it, was thrown into the deep brook before being filled in.The devoted people decided to build a church in the same place where these religious jewels were found.
We will continue to the La Victoria round about with its pretty fountain. The La Victoria brewery was set up in this area between 1900 to 1916.It was the biggest brewery of Ecuador until 1970's.
We will see two famous houses, the one built in 1939 by the wealthy Cristóbal Gangotena Jijón and the house used by the famous Ecuadorian writer Iván Egüez as the scenario of his novel "La Linares".This neighborhood is one of the most traditional of Quito.In 1822 the Libertarian troops passed through [sensitive content]w, the vicinity with the cemetery of San Diego made some of its inhabitants to develop the art of marble carving for the gravestones.Some of them are truly masterpieces.
The highlight of this tour will be the visit the impressive monastery of San Diego, its cloisters, the church and some of its art rooms with the most important paintings and sculptures dating back 1600's, 1700's and 1800's.In this monastery there is the story of an enigmatic 17th century priest.We will continue our stroll in the cemetery, discovering the history of the place where the Battle of Pichincha was held.Famous artists and architects from Italy, Ecuador and Germany participated in the decoration of this graveyard.
Afterwards, this adventure will include a visit to the Numismatic Museum managed by the Central Bank of Ecuador.In this impressive place there is the story of a ghost that is living here and sometimes appear to certain visitors.Would you like to know who's he?
Then we will go to the current Metropolitan Cultural Center, built by the Jesuits in late 1580s and used as the University of Saint Gregoire The Greater.In 1810, one of its areas served as a barrack for the Spanish army.The first leaders of the Independence of Quito were jailed in here and assassinated in a massacre in which more than 300 people died.
The tour will finish in the Plaza Grande.
Tour Guide in Spanish, Portuguese, English and French.
Entrance fee to San Diego (USD 2.00).
Pictures of the architecture in San Diego are allowed without flash, but not of the artworks.
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