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Atlas Obscura Street of the Seven Crosses

Calle García Moreno is one of the oldest streets in Quito. Following the route of what was once a sacred Inca path, it is now known by two names: one referring to the Catholic crosses built along the street, and the other to the president assassinated on it.

The initial urban development of colonial Quito (founded in 1534) posed a few problems for the Spanish conquistadors. Crisscrossed by creeks and ravines, and with a range of different elevations, it wasn’t easy for the Spanish town planners to lay out the classic grid plan that defines so many colonial towns and cities in the Americas.

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Post 2019
1.78km
Guinea Pig-Flavored Ice Cream Proves Big Hit in Ecuador
Atlas Obscura 2017
0.96km
Abandoned Garcia Moreno Prison

Discover Garcia Moreno Prison Museum in Quito, Ecuador: An abandoned Ecuadorian prison that once held ex-presidents and notorious con artists is frozen in time as a museum.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.22km
The Tallest Winged Virgin Mary in the World

The Ecuadorian monument is also the world's tallest aluminum statue.

Atlas Obscura 2019
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Legend Says the World Will End if This Basilica Is Ever Officially Completed

Construction on the largest neo-Gothic church in the Americas began in the 19th century.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.32km
La Virgen de Quito

Discover La Virgen de Quito in Quito, Ecuador: This 12-inch-tall wooden sculpture of a winged Virgin Mary has inspired much devotion and countless replicas.

Brutalism
3.13km
Association of Engineers of Pichincha
Atlas Obscura 2019
0.05km
La Plaza Grande

Discover La Plaza Grande in Quito, Ecuador: Quito's historic, main square dates back to the 16th century.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.03km
Palacio de Carondelet

Discover Palacio de Carondelet in Quito, Ecuador: Ecuador’s historic seat of government has been quietly looted in recent decades, and no one knows how or by whom.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.19km
Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús

Discover Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús in Quito, Ecuador: It took 160 years to complete the most ornate church in Ecuador.

Brutalism
1.64km
Templo de la Patria
Atlas Obscura 2019
1.27km
Cementerio de San Diego

Discover Cementerio de San Diego in Quito, Ecuador: One of the most historic cemeteries in Quito is an eclectic mix of architectural styles and famous tombs.

Brutalism 1972
4.52km
CIESPAL (Centro Internacional de Estudios Superiores de Comunicación para América Latina)
Atlas Obscura 2019
1.18km
Museo Franciscano del Padre Almeida

Discover Museo Franciscano del Padre Almeida in Quito, Ecuador: This overlooked, beautiful convent hides an original Hieronymus Bosch among its many treasures.

World Heritage Site 1978
0.05km
City of Quito

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteri…

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.16km
El Panecillo

Discover El Panecillo in Quito, Ecuador: A short volcanic hill in Quito doubles as a stellar observation point of an iconic statue.

Brutalism
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Teatro Politécnico, Escuela Politécnica Nacional
Atlas Obscura 2018
3.18km
Teleférico Quito

Discover Teleférico Quito in Quito, Ecuador: The gondolas let you glimpse a bird's-eye view of one of the world's highest capital cities.