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Museo Catedral Vieja

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Dramatic Cathedral, still in use

The old cathedral is filled with sculptures, some of them quite gory. But it's a fascinating place... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Eleanor B
Brooklyn, New York
Beautifully restored cathedral in historical center

The Museo Catedral Vieja, also called the Iglesia del Sagrario, is beautifully restored. For a... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2018
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Situated on top of some ancient Inca ruins, this cathedral was built in 1557 when modern Cuenca was founded.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The old cathedral is filled with sculptures, some of them quite gory. But it's a fascinating place and worth a little time.

Thank Eleanor B
Reviewed 9 June 2018

The Museo Catedral Vieja, also called the Iglesia del Sagrario, is beautifully restored. For a minimal entrance fee, visitors can walk through and see the many displays inside different sections of the church. The church was left to fall apart for many years, but it's...More

Thank brianhX1193UU
Reviewed 31 January 2018

I actually preferred the old cathedral to the new. The old could no longer accomodate the number of worshippers, and was turned into a museum. The old organ still works, and occasionally organ recitals are given. Wish we could have attended one, but none were...More

Thank Torquay102010
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Spend some time in the old Cathedral, it is worth it. Tremendous renovations and preservation. Take in a free symphony, you can't beat the atmosphere. Very clean, and free banos! What a surprise to find good Mexican food at the small cafe. The enchiladas were...More

Thank Laura J
Reviewed 27 September 2017

The restaurant offers shredded meat buritos with an excellent sauce. Good service and outside seating.

Thank Wendell T
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The workman ship of the Museo Catedral Vieja is just beautiful. They have preserved beautiful fresco's, sculptures and even old hand carved furniture, pulpit and church vestments. When one first enters the church, and look towards the alter, you think you are seeing people sitting...More

Thank FLaWolf
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Nice but small place to visit, conveniently located in the main square in the center of Cuenca. This used to be the original cathedral and named "old" after the new one was built. Has a nice organ and they have great cultural events. If you...More

Thank lee9
Reviewed 17 July 2017

We didn't tour the museum but visiting the area walked by many times and saw the great facade and architecture. it's really a beautiful piece of history.

Thank 0505LiveLife2014
Reviewed 3 July 2017

I'm not sure if this is a working church as it's a museum by day. Now superceded by the massive Cathedral a few blocks away, this smaller church is still worth seeing, although there's a $2 entry fee and another $2 for the audio tour,...More

2  Thank Jarko2015
Reviewed 5 June 2017

A great place to go and soak in the atmosphere. A time to sit in the church and just contemplate and a lovely cafe for a drink. A must to see in Cuenca

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