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27 Feb 2018
“Interesting church, oldest in Ecuador”
14 Dec 2016
“What an old church”
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Pan American Hwy, Riobamba 060150, Ecuador
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

On the main road 17km outside Riobamba you will pass this little church. It is the oldest catholic church in Ecuador founded on August 15, 1534 built by the Spaniards in colonial style. The church is dedicated to the most holy Virgin Mary Nativity Balbanera....More

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

The church is interesting with historical significance. It is reported to be the oldest in Ecaudor. Nearby there are some stalls. Among them one that sells tagua trinkets and other that sell swetts and food.

Thank oly111
Reviewed 14 December 2016

Lovely old church in Balbanera. Built in 1536 by the Spanish. Great views of Chimborazo from the carpark. Nicely kep and worth a visit

Thank Davancar
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Little church just off the main road. Easily accessible. Definitely would recommend to make a short stop there if you are passing by. Church itself is very modest and is nothing like European churches however still worth seeing. Close by there is restaurant and a...More

Thank Ange_cu
Reviewed 12 July 2016

After trekking around the Chimborazo, I got a ride down to the entrance and ended up going to Colta lake with these teachers, and since the Church is on the way we stopped and took pictures. it was very small, but not tiny and the...More

Thank tangod10
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Balbanera Iglesia (founded 1536), built by the Spanish is Ecuador's oldest surviving church. The church is floodlit, but locked at night and early morning, so unfortunately we didn't get to peep inside (see photos).

1  Thank John4One
Reviewed 29 February 2016

This is known to be the oldest church in Ecuador. Stone from pre-colonial ruins was used to build parts of it. When traveling South of Riobamba, it is on the right hand side of the road with ample parking. The inside of the church is...More

Thank Andeangirl
Reviewed 11 February 2016

very well restored, this church was the first built by the spanish. At Sunset you can see the iluminated facade and in the interior the light of the many candles at the entrance. quite big for the time it was built with its typical wide...More

Thank LAAH61
Reviewed 1 January 2016

You should visit the first Catholic church built in Ecuador if you're interested in colonial history. Its outside features are worth taking a closer look at. In contrast, its interior is not particularly noteworthy.

Thank Daniel E
Reviewed 28 December 2015

For such an amazing piece of history, it is sad that this chuch depends upon the parish and tourist donations for upkeep. It would be nice if there were more artifacts and interpretation of the effect of the church upon the indigenous population. In some...More

Thank Donna H
Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

Stumbled upon it while driving to Alausi to catch the train. Very small site but full of history nonetheless. It's right by the main road so a 15 minute stop would do.

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