Happy Birthday, Quito

Cityscape 6, Quito, Ecuador. May 2013

Quito, Ecuador, one of my favorite capitals in the Americas, turns 480 today. And is getting younger every day.

This was taken from the city’s Basilica del Voto Nacional, the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas, facing south over the sprawling city of 1.7 million that was founded in 1534. At an elevation of 2,800m (9,350 ft), it’s the highest official capital city in the world. I’m really looking forward to returning later this winter.

I’ve put together a handful of Quito-specific galleries from images made during a previous visit:

Do check ’em out!

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 327th straight, was taken in Quito, Ecuador, on 26 May, 2013.

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