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Ecuador — A trip to the Middle of the World


The Middle of the World — off by about 787 feet/240 meters!

As Agent 86 would say, “Missed it by that much.” Today we visit the Middle of the World City (Ciudad Mitad del Mundo). The Middle of the World is about 16 miles/26 kilometers north of downtown Quito, and our group arrived here after lunch and the Changing of the Guard (see last week’s articles).

Our Ecuador tour group

This site was determined to be at the Equator by a French expedition in 1736, and they missed. The marker in the background above is located at 0° 00′ 08″ south latitude, or 787 feet/240 meters south of the actual equator. Fortunately, our ancestors were a bit better at such measurements. There exists an Ecuadorian architectural site that in AD 800 was placed at exactly 0° 00′ 00″.

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

The walk from the parking lot to the Equatorial marker is lined with statuary, flags, and markers such as these:

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

Here are examples of the statuary:

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

And the “city” itself? Here are some of the buildings:

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

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Fun Photo Friday — Quito Basilica and Cathedral Favorites


Basílica del Voto Nacional

Hop-On/Hop-Off buses make a great way to tour an unfamiliar city:

Ursula looking toward the Basílica del Voto Nacional from the Hop-On/Hop-Off

Here are this week’s Fun Photo Friday favorites from Quito’s basilica and cathedral:

Basílica del Voto Nacional

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

Basílica del Voto Nacional

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

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Ecuador — Quito, Catedral Metropolitana de Quito


Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

The Basilica del Voto Nacional may be very imposing, but there is yet another important and impressive Catholic church in Quito. This is Catedral Metropolitana de Quito from which our group later that day would watch the Changing of the Guard. In the picture below you can see the elevated walkway that afforded us such a great view of the palace and the changing of the guard. We stood to the right of the steps leading into the cathedral.

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

The green tiled domes atop the cathedral is visible throughout much of the city, and easily picked out by eye from El Panecillo to the southwest.

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

While the exterior may not be quite as ornate as that of the Basilica, take a look at what awaits you inside beginning with the decorative ceiling.

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

And on to the intricate altar.

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

More images of Metropolitan Cathedral:

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

Catedral Metropolitana de Quito

 

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