Northeast of Plaza Grande

Plaza de San Blas

We began our tour of Quito’s UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city center northeast of Plaza Grande. Our starting point was Plaza de San Blas. This plaza sits at the edge of the historic city. It’s a nice open area with a fountain and an interesting view. The 1568 Iglesia de San Blas sits at one end of the plaza.

Plaza de San Blas in Quito, Ecuador

Plaza de San Blas

Plaza de San Blas in Quito, Ecuador

Plaza de San Blas

Iglesia de San Blas in Quito, Ecuador

Iglesia de San Blas

 

Architecture

From there, we walked down a street with some very colorful buildings – a taste of what was to come. The beautiful architecture of Quito immediately made me a fan of the city from the start.

Quito, Ecuador

Colorful buildings in Quito

Quito, Ecuador

Quito

Quito, Ecuador

Quito

 

Museo Camilo Egas

Next, we walked further into the historic city, past the Museo Camilo Egas. It displays the works of Ecuadorean painter Camilo Egas (1889-1962), one of the best artists the country has ever produced. We didn’t visit.

Museo Camilo Egas in Quito, Ecuador

Museo Camilo Egas

Down more gorgeous city streets, we passed up the Monasterio del Carmen Bajo. It opened in 1745. Admission is US$3 but it didn’t seem to be open when we passed.

Quito, Ecuador

Quito

 

Plaza del Teatro

From there we went to the bustling Plaza del Teatro, which contains the Teatro Sucre, built in 1878.

Plaza del Teatro in Quito, Ecuador

Plaza del Teatro

Teatro Sucre in Quito, Ecuador

Teatro Sucre

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