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Todos Santos (All Saints) and Puente Roto (Broken Bridge) Historical Area

Places full of curious anecdotes of Cuenca's history

QUICK PROFILE

• Interest:

CULTURE

• Country:
ECUADOR

2250

• Altitude meters:

• Min. visit time hours:

1

HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD

• Type:

• Kind:

URBAN

• Location:
CUENCA CITY

• Altitude feet:

7381

• Max. visit time hours:

2

RELATED ACTIVITIES

VISITS:

  • PANORAMIC SIGHTSEEING

  • GUIDED VISITS

  • INDEPENDIENT VISITS

  • EXPERIENTIAL JOURNEY

CULTURAL:

  • ATTENDING RELIGIOUS EVENTS

  • ATTENDING CIVIC EVENTS

  • ATTENDING FOLKLORIC EVENTS

  • ATTENDING ARTISTIC EVENTS

  • ATTENDING SPORTING EVENTS

  • ATTENDING COMMERCIAL EVENTS

ENTERTAIMENT:

  • SHOPPING

  • ATTEND SHOWS

  • NIGHT LIFE

SPORTS:

  • WALKING/TREKKING

  • RUNNING

  • BIKING

SPECIALIZED:

  • BIRDWATCHING

  • WINE TASTING

ADVENTURE:

  • ROCK CLIMBING

  • RAPELLING

FRIENDLY WITH

CHILDREN - FAMILIES - SENIORS - PETS

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.

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

  • Open every day

GALLERY 

Todos los Santos (All Saints) & Puente Roto (Broken Bridge) Historical Area

By: Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador - Creative Commons Attribution

Todos los Santos (All Saints) & Puente Roto (Broken Bridge) Historical Area

By: Ministerio de Turismo del Ecuador - Creative Commons Attribution

Todos los Santos (All Saints) & Puente Roto (Broken Bridge) Historical Area

By: Santiago Rodríguez - Creative Commons

 
 

ABOUT

The beauty of Todos Santos goes hand in hand with variety. This sector of Cuenca, like no other in the city, merges history, with traditions, archaeology, landscape, architectural development and El Barranco.

 

Walking just one block you can see some landmarks. The first church in Cuenca, a hermitage or chapel, was built in Todos Santos, superimposed on an Inca usno. The present church and convent passed into the hands of the congregation of Oblate nuns at the end of the 19th century.

 

The Calle Larga, one of the oldest streets in the city, crosses the site. It was the Calle de La Ronda. Its scenic viewpoint offers the tourist panoramic views of the modern part of Cuenca and the mountains. A few steps further down are the stone remains of the mills that belonged to the encomendero Rodrigo Nuñez de Bonilla. In the peripheral area of the initial layout, in Todos Santos the Spaniards began to populate the city. 

 

Todos Santos and its structures are a fundamental part of the landscape of El Barranco. Its descent, after the El Vado ascent, is the other connection between the Historical Center and the modern city. Next to it is the famous Puente Roto (broken bridge). The flooding of the Tomebamba on November 3, 1950 made the bridge forever the eternal watchtower of the river. This is a very busy and recommended place to look at the landscape, take pictures of the church or simply walk around.

 

The traditional work activity of Todos Santos is the bakeries. There are also museums and handicraft shops.

 

ADDRESS

ADDRESS OR VENUE

Calle Larga and Alfonso Jerves streets, Cuenca City, Ecuador

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