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Museo Catedral Vieja

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Address: Mariscal Sucre | Luis Cordero, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
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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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Located aside the “Plaza Grande” and in front of the new Cathedral. It is the old cathedral turned into a museum. The museum was set at the church respecting its original... read more

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located aside the “Plaza Grande” and in front of the new Cathedral. It is the old cathedral turned into a museum. The museum was set at the church respecting its original structure. You can apreciate the original wooden images, the altar, details from 100 years ago. A must visit if you´re in Cuenca. Fee for entrance of $1.

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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Beautiful architecture, some explanation of items are also in English. Highly recommend that you visit.

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Melbourne, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Exhibits in English and Spanish and Quechua explain some of the features of the old building. Bathrooms just out the door.

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Beausejour, Canada
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

Only $1 entry for seniors. Able to take photos. Beautiful wooden model of the new cathedral as it was initially designed. No access to crypt due to health hazard. A wealth of art, history, culture, & architecture to absorb. Lovely courtyard restaurant with good lunch food. An art movie was playing in one of the salons.

Thank nanonancy100
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Right across from the new Cathedral there is the old one which has been converted into a Museum, impecably restored you can find life size Jesus and the apostles, many paintings and wonderful art pieces, you can even view the very old Pipe Organ dating back from the 18th century which conqueres the entire upstairs view of the Cathedral assembly.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

This prominent building in the heart of Cuenca has been refit from a Cathedral to a museum. Sure it isn't free, but at just $2 USD per person to enter you really can't go wrong. The architecture, artwork and artifacts have some history although admittedly much was lost on us as our Spanish is weak. While it only took us... More 

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Reviewed 7 November 2016

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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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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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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