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Museo Catedral Vieja, Cuenca

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Appreciate a well-maintained collection of religious art at Museo Catedral Vieja. Constructed in the 16th century, the old cathedral of Cuenca served for around 400 years as the city's principal place of worship, before being superceded by a new cathedral in 1975. Extensive renovations transformed the cathedral into a museum, which today displays paintings, sculptures, and artifacts of religious significance. Look for the large wooden model that depicts the new cathedral in impressive detail. Work out when and for how long to visit Museo Catedral Vieja and other Cuenca attractions using our handy Cuenca trip planner.
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  • the city of Cuenca is littered with churches, this is one of many, but certainly worth a visit then here. 
    the city of Cuenca is littered with churches, this is one of many, but certainly worth a visit then here.  more »
  • I arrived here walking the historic part of town. beautiful architecture and exhibition setting. Place to must visit 
    I arrived here walking the historic part of town. beautiful architecture and exhibition setting. Place to must visit  more »
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  • The colors in this church are simply spectacular. The restoration of the church was impeccable. The attention to detail is amzing
  • On one side of the square, you'll find an older white cathedral from Spanish colonial times. It is said that many of the stones within the church's foundation were taken from the Cañari/Incan ruins nearby - before people realized they were destroying ancient history. The Antigua Cathedral is now a small museum, which costs a couple dollars to enter. They also host concerts, including free symphony concerts by the University. For more recommendations on what to do in and around Cuenca, find our blog posts by searching: "Intentional Travelers Cuenca"

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