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The centre point of Cuenca?s historic old town, Parque Calderon is the obvious orientation point for most visitors to the city. Laid out by the Spanish in a typical colonial style, it was the heart of Spanish rule in Cuenca. Today, the park is still the heart of Cuenca?s old town and many of the city?s most important buildings surround the park including the New Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción), the Old Cathedral (Catedral Del Sangrario) and the Cuenca Tourist Centre. The park has a peaceful atmosphere and while small compared to other colonial style squares in Latin America it is laid out in a pleasantly different style to your usual plaza with mature trees and palms taking the place of landscaped grass and flower beds. In fact eight of the pine trees in the park were planted by president Luis Cordera. Located in the centre of the park there is also a statue of Abdon Calderon an important Ecuadorian patriot who was born in Cuenca.
Directions: Walk north from the Rio Tomebamba/Calle Larga for three blocks along Calle Benigno Malo.
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