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CONVENT MUSEUM, LIFE IN A MONASTERY, CUENCA ECUADOR

The Convent Museum (Museo del Monasterio de las Conceptas) has a very non-descriptive entrance. Once you go through the doors, the size of the monastery is incredible, taking up almost an entire city block. The museum, founded in 1599, will enlighten you to the life and customs of the nuns in a monastery. They have [...]

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DOCE DE ABRIL, ONE BIG BIRTHDAY PARTY IN CUENCA ECUADOR

Doce de Abril (or the 12th of April) is the holiday in Cuenca that celebrates the birth of the city.  The Spanish settlement of Cuenca was founded on April 12, 1557.  This year marks the 459th anniversary.  The celebration occurs for a week that ends on the 12th.   Lots of parades, fireworks, entertainment shows, tents [...]

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MIGUEL ILLESCAS GALLERY, METAL AT ITS BEST, CUENCA ECUADOR

Miguel Illescas Art Gallery had it's grand opening last week which my wife and I attended. What a wonderful display of art. I have to say that we were a little biased since my art instructor, Alberto Soriano, was displaying some of his oil work.  The artists were present along with many other Cuenca artisans.  [...]

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ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF CUENCA’S ANCIENT RELICS

We found this archeological museum after we decided to check out the beautiful School of Medicine building on Dose de Abril near Solano Ave. We were drawn to check this place out because of the grand columns that line the entranceway. We were not expecting to find a museum, but there it was. The Archaeological [...]

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MEDICAL MUSEUM, CREEPY & FASCINATING IN CUENCA ECUADOR

The Medical Museum presents a history of medicine through a selection of antique devices used over the years by doctors, surgeons, dentists, apothecaries and their patients. The entrance to this museum is off of Dose de Abril at the west end of Military Hospital. The museum set-up is informal. You meander through the museum's vintage [...]

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