The city offers a remarkable example of the Baroque school of Quito (that brings together the indigenous and European artistic traditions and which is renowned for providing the greatest contribution of Spanish America to universal art.
The height of this art is represented by veritable spiritual citadels, among which are San Francisco, San Domingo, San Augustin, La Compana, La Merced, the Sanctuary of Guapulco and the Recoleta of San Diego, to name just the principal ones.
The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art.
Description is available under license CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0 Fondée au XVIe siècle sur les ruines d'une cité inca à 2 850 m d'altitude, la capitale de l'Équateur possède toujours, malgré le tremblement de terre de 1917, le centre historique le mieux préservé et le moins modifié d'Amérique latine.
altitude, the city of Quito is spread along the slopes of the Pichincha Volcano and is bordered by the hills of Panecillo and Ichimbia.
Founded by the Spanish in 1534, on the ruins of an Inca city, Quito proudly possesses one of the most extensive and best-preserved historic centres of Spanish America.
The colonizers knew how to adapt their artistic sensibility to the reality that surrounded them, building their architecture in a very complex topographical environnent.
Despite this, the architects were able to confera stylistic and volumetric harmony to the ensemble.
Integrity The great majority of attributes upon which the Outstanding Universal Value of the City of Quito is based are present and intact.
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The Historic Centre of Quito has conserved its original configuration, new constructions being built outside of the colonial centre.
Indeed, based on the first plan of Quito designed in 1734 by Dionisio Alcedo y Herrera, one notes that the original plan of the streets, the blocks of houses and squares – with a few rare exceptions – is the same can be seen today.