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Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca is the heritage core of the third largest city in Ecuador. The city of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca, or simply Cuenca, was founded in 1557 and laid on a formal orthogonal town plan devised by King Charles V of Spain. It became a melting pot for the local and immigrant populations.

Most of the heritage buildings of Cuenca date from the 19th century, when a burst of economic prosperity brought on by the production and export of quinine, straw hats and other products fueled a constrution boom.

Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 23rd session of the World Heritage Committee held in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 29 November to 4 December, 1999.

Photos of Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca

Catedral de la Immaculada Conception, Cuenca, Ecuador
Catedral de la Immaculada Conception, Cuenca, Ecuador
Author: Yves Picq (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S 2 53 W 78 59
Inscription Year: 1999
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV, V

Location of the World Heritage Sites in Ecuador

Cuenca is Number 4 on the map below.


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Visiting Historic Centre of Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca

There are local flights to Cuenca from Quito provided by Tame and Aero Gal. Within the city it is easy to walk around on foot to visit all its heritage sites.


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