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Museo Franciscano del Padre Almeida

Located in an untouristed part of Quito, Ecuador, far off the beaten path, this 17th-century Franciscan convent is an overlooked highlight among the city’s museums. Once you pay the $3 entry fee and are led inside, you’re taken on a fascinating tour of the many gems hiding in this remarkable little convent-museum. 

The Museo Franciscano del Padre Almeida (Franciscan Museum of Father Almeida) at the Convento de San Diego is packed with beautiful art, walls adorned recently discovered frescoes that were long hidden beneath a layer of plaster, and exposed original beams up to 400 years old, held together with nothing but ancient vines.

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