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Riobamba: the beautiful city

Riobamba Cathedral

Next to the park where the monument stands the wise Pedro Vicente Maldonado is the Mother Church or Cathedral of Riobamba whose aesthetic and architectural elements reveal richness and originality. From the historical point of view, the church must principiarse building after the earthquake, at the end of 1797. there is evidence that the carved stones that adorn the facade of the Cathedral and the parapet (now defunct) were brought to take them to the remains of the church destroyed by the earthquake.

The year l966 the Faculty of Architecture of the Central University made a historic and architectural survey of the Cathedral in the colonial architectural value of this temple stood.

Museo de la Concepción

The convent of the Conception, rebuilt in the late eighteenth century, today a museum, houses a rich collection of sculptures and paintings from the colonial era. Lagoon and Balbanera Colt. In plain Sicalpa is Colt lagoon where you can fish for trout and stop at the thermal baths of Chuquipogyo who according to legend were preferred by the Inca Huayna Capac. Near the lagoon Colt Balbanera church that said it was the first built by the Spanish in our soil is.

The church is beautiful but very low height for their austere simplicity and architectural proportions. Entire facade is stone and enters it by a double arch. The set ends in a turret with bell. The interior has been restored retaining the same simplicity and seclusion of temples built at that time, without excesses or baroquisms.

Colt Lagoon and Balbanera

In plain Sicalpa is Colt lagoon where you can fish for trout and stop at the thermal baths of Chuquipogyo who according to legend were preferred by the Inca Huayna Capac. General Colt lagoon is Balbanera church which was the first built by the Spanish in our soil.
The church is beautiful but very low height for their austere simplicity and architectural proportions. All facade is stone and enters it by a double arch. The set ends in a turret with bell. The interior has been restored retaining the same simplicity and seclusion of temples built at that time, without excesses or baroquisms.

Sicalpa and Cajabamba

In the entire area occupied by the parishes of Cajabamba and Sicalpa virtually form a single, under the name Culca, the ancient city stood. That was also the place where Diego de Almagro founded the city of Santiago de Quito.

That crossed the wide plain called "Inca Trail" during the Inca rule was the medium of communication in the Tawantinsuyu.

Fossils of Punín

In the parish of Punín, about 7 kms. Riobamba, Professor Anthony discovered in 1923, in the gorge of Chalan, a very old human skull and Emilio Bonifaz discovered in 1974 in the same stream similar to Anthony skull. These findings allow to believe that the age of the first men who inhabited the largest esmuy Ecuador. The carved obsidian that have been found ages ranging from 12,800 to 47,000 years.

The fairs

Major fairs held in Chimborazo Riobamba is (Saturday) Cajabamba, Guamote, salted, and Pallatanga Alausí.

One of the most curious is the salted trade that takes place on Fridays. Transactions are done in Quechua language and almost no current currency exchange because, at least food is done by barter.


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