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postcards from quito

My interest in cities is minimal and my knowledge of the intricacies of Spanish colonial architecture and culture relatively superficial but, nonetheless, since I am in the neighbourhood of Quito a visit to the Old Town to see the sights is more or less compulsory.

The old town of Quito is popular with tourists but it's still a vibrant living city with some kind of soul.

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San Francisco Church...

... and Monastery, like Quito itself is ...

... part living monastery with shady corridors...

... and elegant gardens...

... and part museum full of lugubrious religious art celebrating...

...pain...

... and human travail in all its Catholic glory. Unburdened by any form of religious upbringing...

... I can enjoy the Baroque details in a relatively uncomplicated fashion.

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