"Old Cathedral ? Catedral Del Sangrario" Top 5 Page for this destination El Sagrario - The Old Cathedral of Cuenca Tip by pure1942


Opposite the ?New Cathedral? in Parque Calderon, stands the less imposing ?Old Cathedral? or Catedral Del Sangrario. Built in 1557, the church was restored and redesigned in both the 19th and 20th centuries but even with these renovations the Cathedral was no longer able to accommodate the growing congregation of Cuenca and so it was decided to build a new Cathedral to meet the needs of the parishioners. Far smaller than the New Cathedral but in my opinion far more interesting from an aesthetic point of view (blue domes aside), the Old Cathedral has more of a Latin American colonial style and with its white washed walls, distinctly colonial bell tower, red roof tiles, and light blue touches, it is more in keeping with the overall style of Cuenca than the hulking red bricked Cathedral opposite.

Incidentally the Old Cathedral is no longer used for religious services and was closed during our visit. Apparently the building is being converted to be used as a museum of religious art.

Address: Mariscal Sucre & Luis Cordero
Directions: Cathedral is located on the eastern side of Parque Calderon

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  • Written Oct 28, 2010
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