In the past, it was a wooden shack. Nowadays, it has an impressive entrance, stained glass crucibles and spectacular neogothic towers.

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Guayaquil cathedral

Protecting the city.

They say that the origin of the first cathedral of Guayaquil, in the parish where the evangelisation of the city began, was a wooden cabin that a few Dominican priests erected in the 16th century. A fire burnt down the original monument, which at that time was on Santa Ana's hill. The current cathedral was then moved to the historic part of the city and following successive reforms it was erected in the 1940s with its current architectural design. You will be able to identify the building by its spectacular entrance and unmistakable neogothic towers, which form an architectural ensemble with the nearby Sagrario church and Arzobispal Palace. Inside, the stained glass windows let light through like a crucible which spreads around the central and lateral nave and the principal transept of the high altar. They say that the statue of the Christ King, located in the central nave, is positioned is such a way that his arms symbolically protect the city.

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