Global Treasures Cuenca Ecuador
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In the south of Ecuador, within a high valley surrounded by the mighty peaks
of the Andes, is the country’s third largest city, Cuenca, an historic World
Heritage Site in which the Tomebamba River divides the more elevated old town
from the modern districts of the city.
The Spanish once passed through Cuenca while travelling along the ancient
Inca route from Cuzco to Quito.
This old town is still one of the most beautiful in South America. It
possesses the atmosphere and architecture of late Colonial times and is located
two thousand five hundred metres above sea level.
The Catedral Nueva is the finest religious building in the whole of South
America and contains elements of Romantic, Gothic and Baroque architecture that
dominate this huge building, both without and within.
The mighty blue-white domes of the new cathedral dominate Cuenca’s skyline,