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7 Archbishop’s Palace at Plaza Grande in Quito, Ecuador

The Spanish imposed Catholicism on the Latin American lands they conquered. So a decade after Quito was founded, Pope Paul III created the Diocese of San Francisco de Quito in 1545. The city would have a dozen bishops before this two-level, colonnade building was built along La Plaza Grande in 1700. The Archbishop’s Palace was subsequently renovated in the mid-19th century and again in the 1970s. It seems somewhat sacrilegious that Palacio Arzobispal now contains a fast food court and shops. During weekends, the whitewashed courtyard comes alive with free musical performances.

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Chile & Venezuela Streets, Quito 170401, Ecuador

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