At La Iglesia de El Sagrario (And a Free Quito Walking Tour)

Woman praying at the Iglesia de El Sagrario in Quito

This was snapped inside the Iglesia de El Sagrario, a chapel that dates back to the early 17th century that’s attached to the 16th century Quito Cathedral.

A massive structure, it’s really a chapel in name only. And a busy one, too, just before noon, with a steady influx of worshippers and tourists entering and exiting through its impressive wooden doors. Despite the traffic and the loudest, creakiest church floors I’ve ever walked across, a few moments of solitude can be found like the one above at the smaller altar on the church’s left side.

A stop at the El Sagrario, which also serves as the mausoleum for Antonio José de Sucre, one of Simon Bolivar’s generals and closest friends, was part of a walking tour I joined in yesterday with the aptly named Quito Walking Tour, a free three-hour stroll around the Ecuadoran capital’s historical center.

Starting at San Blas Plaza, the route covers most of the city center’s most notable structures and locales, including the Basilico del Voto Nacional, the Plaza Grande, Plaza de San Francisco (so far my favorite), Calle La Ronda and the Plaza Santo Domingo before concluding at the Plaza del Teatro.

Guide Peter, an Irishman based in Quito, does a terrific job, highly recommended. If you’re passing through, the best way to get in touch is via Facebook. Tours generally begin at 10am. Yes, tips accepted and encouraged.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 409th straight, was made on 24-Feb-2015 in Quito, Ecuador.

 

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