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Building of the Mayor's Office

A sample of the architectural history of a World Heritage city

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• Interest:

CULTURE

• Country:
ECUADOR

2250

• Altitude meters:

• Min. visit time hours:

1

HISTORIC HOUSE

• Type:

• Location:
CUENCA CITY

• Kind:

URBAN

• Altitude feet:

7381

• Max. visit time hours:

1

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

Within Cuenca's Historic District World Cultural Site by UNESCO - Within Cajas Massif Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO - Cultural National Heritage by the Ecuadorian Government

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ADDRESS & ACTIVITIES

ADDRESS OR VENUE

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

Simón Bolívar and President Borrero corner, Cuenca City, Ecuador

  • Monday to Friday 09:00 - 18:00

  • Saturdays 09:00 - 13:00

RELATED ACTIVITIES

VISITS:

  • GUIDED VISITS

  • INDEPENDENT VISIT

  • EXPERIENTIAL JOURNEY

CULTURAL:

  • ATTENDING CIVIC EVENTS

  • ATTENDING ARTISTIC EVENTS



ABOUT

The building of the Mayor's Office of Cuenca belongs to the select group of patrimonial constructions that are the pride of the inhabitants of the city. Luis Donoso Barba built it for the headquarters of the Banco del Azuay, an entity that operated there from May 24, 1929 until its liquidation in 1999.

 

Due to the façade of this building, in addition to the façades of the Superior Court of Justice, the New Cathedral and other houses in the historical center, the city is known as the "city of marble".

 

In 2002, the Municipality of Cuenca received the building as a donation. It has an area of 2,500 m2. The ground floor is occupied by a gallery for artistic exhibitions. On the second floor there are the offices of the mayor, vice-mayor, the alternate room for the councillors, the secretary, the trade union and the financial management.

 

The neoclassical-style building, without an internal courtyard, has spacious halls connecting various rooms. On the second floor, the brass ceiling stands out. It is undoubtedly one of the best examples of the French influence on Cuenca's architecture in the early 20th century. Its architect fulfilled the intention of its owners: to reflect greatness, luxury and economic power.

 

The now disappeared Banco del Azuay was the first in Cuenca. Founded in 1913, in 1914 it became a pioneering entity when it printed the first Ecuadorian 1, 2, 5, 10 sucres banknotes.

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