Leading exhibition centre with a Parisian feel, a steel and zinc palace.
Art at altitude
At nearly three thousand metres above sea level, the Itchimbia hill is one of the most magical places in the capital. Before the arrival of the Spanish, this place was used by the Incas and the Quitus as a place of prayer and worship. As a result, civilisation after civilisation have used this place as a peaceful, secluded retreat, especially after the arrival of the Europeans. The Itchimbia cultural centre is at the very top of the hill. The palace-like structure is made from steel and zinc imported from the German city of Hamburg and it bears a striking resemblance to the palace of Les Halles in Paris. It was installed here in 1889 and has been one of the most important centres for exhibitions and events in Quito ever since. It usually hosts literary presentations or art and photography exhibitions, and it has also been used as the backdrop for President Rafael Correa's address to the nation.