Mondays 6 pm
Cuenca Cultural Patrimony of the Humanity
As I lived in Cuenca-Ecuador for most of my life, I never realized of such as rich
history, culture, and also of the interesting places to visit that the city contains. Now
that I am thousands of miles away from it, I have a high interest in the significance
that means to be part of a city that has been considered as “Cultural Patrimony of
the Humanity” by the UNESCO (
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Today we will look at the complex history of the city, then I will walk you through
the monumental catholic cathedral, and finally I will take you to a gorgeous park,
“El Cajas”, which all together makes Cuenca a perfect city to visit.
Main Point I
The history of Cuenca is a rich ethnic mixture of native Indians and Spaniards.
According to an editorial taken from Cuenca Tourism Foundation, “The origins of
the city dates back to the year 500 when the Indian Canari were the first to occupy this
The Canari people settled down approximately between the years 500 to 1480,
during this period the Canari develop and strengthen. They had social organization
of ethnic nobility, it was a town of a lot of culture, knowledgeable in silver,
agriculture, weaving, yet they were still warriors.
Where Cuenca in Ecuador is
currently located, was known as Guapondelig, the important capital city of the
Canari nation. Around 1480, began the invasion and expansion of the Inca Empire
which by then defeated and conquered the Canari nation. Thus, the Inca brought all
their customs, traditions, clothes and religious celebrations, founding the new city of