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Fun Photo Friday — Cuenca 3, Ecuador Favorites


Shadow and Light

One last look at Cuenca with today’s Fun Photo Friday gallery and slide show (next stop Alausi and the Devil’s Nose Train):

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Ecuador — Cuenca; Inside the New Cathedral


New Cuenca Cathedral

Upon our return from viewing Eduardo Vega ceramics, Ecuagenera orchids, and La Casa de la Makana scarves, our tour returned us to Cuenca for our next attraction. We’ll get to that in a moment, but I thought I would share with you some Cuenca street scenes that greeted us stepping off the tour bus:

Store color

Reading the paper

After several hours on our own, in which we and some fellow tour participants went back to Cositas 10-24 for dinner, we caught up again with the rest of the tour group for a visit inside the New Cuenca Cathedral, Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción.

New Cuenca Cathedral

As you can see, the interior is at least as impressive as the façade. Here is view after stepping inside:

New Cuenca Cathedral

At the far end is, of course, the High Altar, presented in closer detail here:

High Altar — New Cuenca Cathedral

But almost as impressive, in my view, is the magnificent dome above:

New Cuenca Cathedral

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Ecuador — Cuenca; Ikat weaving at La Casa de la Makana


La Casa de la Makana

Heading back to the west toward Cuenca our tour had one more stop to make. This nondescript-looking two-story adobe structure houses quite the little treasure. This is La Casa de la Makana. Inside you’ll find local artisans demonstrating dyeing wool, mostly alpaca, and mostly with natural dyeing agents ranging from the juice of berries to crushed insects.

La Casa de la Makana

Artisans both young and old then weave the dyed wools into scarves (makanas) and clothing.

La Casa de la Makana

La Casa de la Makana

While the main attraction here is the weaving arts, I also found the walls a source of much fun and fascination.

La Casa de la Makana

Being a firearm enthusiast, I was naturally drawn to these:

La Casa de la Makana

I think I may have found my very first camera, an old Kodak Instamatic:

La Casa de la Makana

On the second floor was a shop and museum, so you can definitely buy a souvenir or two before leaving. I’ll leave you today with just a few more images from La Casa de la Makana:

La Casa de la Makana

La Casa de la Makana

La Casa de la Makana

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