History of San Diego Church and Monastery in Quito, Ecuador - Encircle Photos

40 History of San Diego Church and Monastery in Quito, Ecuador

Quito has many magnificent churches. Often overlooked is a small recoleta (retreat) for Franciscan friars adjacent to San Diego Cemetery. The religious complex was founded in 1599 by Brother Bartolomè Rubio. The San Diego Church was constructed within four years and the convent was finished in 1625. They were partially destroyed during an 1868 earthquake and rebuilt consistent with the original 17th century design. Inside is religious art by masters of the Quito School. These 17th and 18th century artists were exceptional at realistically portraying religious figures and saints. Recently, murals have been discovered on adobe walls that had been whitewashed for centuries.

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Convento-Museo De La Recoleta, Plaza de San Diego, Quito 170111, Ecuador

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