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Historic Centre of Quito

Undeniable Inca heritage

Despite the huge earthquake that devastated Quito in 1917, it still stands proud as the best preserved city in Latin America. Its historic centre, which was developed during the 16th century on the site of a former Inca settlement, has hardly changed and its original cobbled streets and numerous colonial houses and monuments have survived the passage of time and the Spanish rule of the city. The combination of all these elements is amazingly beautiful and, unsurprisingly, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The Santo Domingo churches or the Monastery of the Society of Jesus are good examples of the continued presence of colonising and hegemonic European powers through until the 19th century, resulting in an artistic collage of architectural styles showcasing the best of the baroque, Mudejar, Flemish and Hispanic-Italian traditions, all mixed with the pre-Colombian culture.

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