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Museo Catedral Vieja

Mariscal Sucre | Luis Cordero, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
+593 7-282-6402
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History and architecture preserved from the past for the future

The workman ship of the Museo Catedral Vieja is just beautiful. They have preserved beautiful... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Palm Bay, Florida
Not a must

Nice but small place to visit, conveniently located in the main square in the center of Cuenca... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Plantation, Florida
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Situated on top of some ancient Inca ruins, this cathedral was built in 1557 when modern Cuenca was founded.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“last supper” (8 reviews)
“pipe organ” (6 reviews)
“old church” (8 reviews)
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Mariscal Sucre | Luis Cordero, Cuenca 010150, Ecuador
+593 7-282-6402
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 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 Now superceded by the massive Cathedral a few blocks away, this smaller church is still worth seeing, although there's a $2 entry fee and another $2 for the audio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

1  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

Thank doglover002
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Located aside the “Plaza Grande” and in front of the new Cathedral. It is the old cathedral turned into a museum. The museum was set at the church respecting its original structure. You can apreciate the original wooden images, the altar, details from 100 years...More

Reviewed 18 April 2017

Beautiful architecture, some explanation of items are also in English. Highly recommend that you visit.

Thank 504to593
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Exhibits in English and Spanish and Quechua explain some of the features of the old building. Bathrooms just out the door.

Thank Just-Ask-Me1937
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Only $1 entry for seniors. Able to take photos. Beautiful wooden model of the new cathedral as it was initially designed. No access to crypt due to health hazard. A wealth of art, history, culture, & architecture to absorb. Lovely courtyard restaurant with good lunch...More

Thank nanonancy100
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Right across from the new Cathedral there is the old one which has been converted into a Museum, impecably restored you can find life size Jesus and the apostles, many paintings and wonderful art pieces, you can even view the very old Pipe Organ dating...More

Thank 450ginog
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