City of Quito

UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationProvince of Pinchinada, City and Canton of Quito
CoordinatesN0 0 14 W78 30 0
Inscription Date1978
Property (ha)320
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
All ThreatsEarthquake
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsEffects arising from use of transportation infrastructure
All ThreatsIdentity/ social cohesion/ changes in local population and community
All ThreatsManagement activities
All ThreatsFinancial resources
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsVolcanic eruption
All ThreatsUnderground transport infrastructure
Unesco Reference Number2
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionQuito, the capital of Ecuador, was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the 'Baroque school of Quito', which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art.
StatusWorld Heritage Site