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Museo Catedral Vieja

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Address: Sucre | Luis Cordero, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
Phone Number: +593 7-282-6402

Situated on top of some ancient Inca ruins, this cathedral was built in...

Situated on top of some ancient Inca ruins, this cathedral was built in 1557 when modern Cuenca was founded.

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Disappointed to find it closed!

After taking its picture from outside, I decided to look for its entrance door. The vendor selling snacks near this attraction told me that it was closed due to a wedding. I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 September 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is also called the "Old Church" and is unfortunately not been restored or repaired as it should have been. Let's hope funds become available. The museum itself is just OK, but probably not worth admission price.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

After taking its picture from outside, I decided to look for its entrance door. The vendor selling snacks near this attraction told me that it was closed due to a wedding. I intend to visit this place before leaving Cuenca!

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Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

The old Cathedral is rebuild to a museum, but there is not to much to see here. You pay $ 2,- but we we're done in about 20 minutes. The new Cathedral across the street is more beautful and free accesible.

Thank IvoDeRooij
Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

very old cathedral, over 500 yrs. Now a museum, very well presented, can use camera. Check out the various stones where the stucco has been removed, you will squarish stones taken from Inca ruins, river rocks, and then red bricks for later modifications. Also very old 400 year old mural have been discovered under layers of paint, very nice photo... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Ornate and historic, this building dates back to the 1500s and is worth a visit. I loved seeing the old artwork and other artifacts dating back for centuries as well as the architectural features. Youngsters would probably not want to spend more than half an hour here but I took my time and saw everything within 90 minutes.

Thank Edwin R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

This was the first cathedral (Catholic) in Cuenca. Each chapel was sponsored by a prominent Spanish family over the centuries. If a view of the crypt is available it is very interesting but the stairs are VERY narrow and steep. Many concerts are held in the Old Cathedral--a great way to experience the acoustics.

Thank Anna P
Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

The tour of the cathedral is well organize and the guide was great. I enjoy the tour and the cathedral was beautiful, but it seem a little repetitive when you have been in Ecuador for a while and you have seen church after church after church. However if you are very religious this might be great time.

Thank marie2000
Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

Worth a visit to witness the architectural styles and capabilities back to the mid 1500s. Interesting pictures of Cuenca on the courtyard walls.

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Collingwood, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

The heart of the city, the catedral is a sight to behold. Lovely to walk around the church and the park in front. Many shops and restaurants flank the church, including the flower market.

Thank Jmih
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

We went not expecting much, but really found the whole premises fascinating. Small chapels to the cathedral's sides added a lot of interest to the museum. For only $2 entrance fee, we were occupied for well over an hour. We paused to view the model of the new cathedral from 1904 and visited the artesanal shop on the premises, which... More 

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