Sucre National Theater, Quito

Rain clouds descend over Sucre National Theater in Quito, Ecuador

In today’s Pic du Jour, the 178th (!) straight, rain clouds quickly roll in and descend over the Teatro National Sucre, situated in central Quito’s Plaza del Teatro. I got soaked.

Built between 1879 and 1887, it’s a beautiful structure reminiscent of some European opera houses I’ve seen. The Greek muses stare from the roof in each direction towards the square, a popular gathering place which regularly hosts open air events and photo exhibits.

That’s quite a contrast from what stood there for two centuries from 1565, soon after the colonial period began. First it was known as Plazuela de las Carnicerías, or Butchers’ Square, a central market where meat was traded. It then evolved into the Plaza de Toros, a host to weekly bullfights. The latter were banned by an act of Congress in 1867 paving the way for the theater’s construction.

Snapped on 25-May-2013. Click on the image to see the full uncropped version. You can purchase a print here.

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