Beauty Surrounds You Here!

I have done a bit of traveling in my time, to Hawaii, to England, across the United States and a short jaunt to Canada; however, no where have I found a place like Ecuador. Beauty surrounds you here, not only in the scenic wonders, but in the people, its churches and museums.

There are 52 churches in Ecuador and you will find 12 in the area of El Centro. Most of the churches are Catholic, but you will find a few Protestant, Lutheran and International Christian Community. Some of the churches are relatively new, but many go back centuries. Some no longer function as a place of worship and have been turned into museums, such as the Museo Catedral Vieja in El Centro, Cuenca, Ecuador. They are exquisite visits into Cuenca’s past and a chance to view its wonderful architecture, sculptures and frescoes.

When you walk in you are greeted with a view of the Altar at the front of the church. At first glance, it appears there are people sitting on the altar having a discussion, but as you approach, you see Jesus surrounded by his 12 disciples. Upon closer inspection, you see that it is the Last Supper, minus the table. The detail and workmanship are exquisite. The museum contains a scale model of the Church itself, the retired vestments worn by the various Priests over the centuries and a hand-carved stairway that leads to a small pulpit in the middle of the church.  In the room where the scale model of the church is located, you can look down into a class covered enclosure where are what appears to be crypts and a circular area where people have dropped coins.

As you look around at the old Confessional and rustic pieces of the past, you can almost hear the sounds of people speaking in hushed tones as they say their prayers or the sound of the organ playing its hymns. There is a feeling of peace as you walk the old wooden floors.

May you be surrounded by beauty and peace in your little corner of the world. Thank you for letting me share my little corner with you. Enjoy some pictures from our visit to this wonderful museum.

Take care and God bless you and yours. Until later my friends,

Hasta Pronto,

Terri at the Drake’s Nest

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