When I (twice) travelled throughout Europe, the architecture is what I sought out. I loved the castles, cathedrals, and hundred+ year-old buildings because...back then....builders were not typically thinking of squeezing dollars. They had visions of character and making a statement that would last a lonnnng time into the future. The products they created contributed to the identity of the town. Think of what San Francisco, New Orleans, London, Paris, Bareclona, or Amsterdam would be like if it weren't for the builders of yesteryear and what they created and perpetuated.
I am always in awe when I walk into a church/cathedral that was built long before technology, trucks, cranes, hydraulics, etc. HOW did they do it? Such INTENSE MANUAL labor that, in many cases, took years to build. And, the knowledge that was necessary for the sheer engineering of it all!! In some cases, I ask 'why?'...such as a HUGE cathedral in the middle of a little hamlet that probably could never possibly fill it to full occupancy.
The good thing is, we still have many of those structures with us to enjoy every day. I think it's pretty cool that a person can say 'I built that' and generations to come will see the work that person did to contribute to the character of the community. That's one of the reasons I chose to live in Cuenca...because of the Spanish Colonial architecture, much of it dating from the 18th century, and the preservation of many of the buildings by being designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
With that in mind, enjoy the photos I took of various churches and cathedrals in my travels exploring Ecuador.
|Across from the San Francisco market square in Cuenca.|
|Ambato...a more modern version.|
|Inside the Ambato cathedral.|
|Also in Azogues, located in the town square.|
|In a rural area outside Azogues.|
|Inside the Banos cathedral.|
|Outside of Cuenca in a neighborhood called 'Banos'...not the same as the town of Banos in northern Ecuador.|
|A large cathedral desperately needing restoration in a very small town called Cajabamba.|
|Known as the 'new cathedral' in Cuenca (though hardly NEW!!!)|
|Hmmm...the Coneheads headquarters??? (SigSig)|