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.