Palacio de la Gobernación (Government Palace)

It got out of the wrong side of the bed. Everything has happened to this emblematic building. Visit it and discover its ups and downs.

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Palacio de la Gobernación (Government Palace)

Hounded by bad luck.

This monument, despite being one of Guayaquil's oldest and most iconic buildings, did not have an easy beginning. The first construction dates back to 1779 but already at the beginning of the 20th century it was defined as a "derelict monument" and a complete restoration was required. In 1917 the works finished and in a strike of bad luck, the Palacio de Gobernación went up in flames during the celebrations held for Guayaquil's independence. The building that you can visit today was erected in 1923 in a neoclassical style. It is divided into four sections and connected by two galleries made out of steel and glass. To access this passageway - which links Malecón and Pichincha street - you have to pass through the so-called "arches of triumph" decorated with high-relief which represents the national heraldry. Despite being a fortified monument, in recent years it has needed new renovation work due to problems with the sedimentation of the land.

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