of the Cathedral are part of the sky. Their
swollen silhouettes, are prefixed to the somber clouds loaded
with rain that threaten their cry of persistent drops; but that
doesn't scare the traveler... that lifts the eyes and contemplates
-perplexed, absorbed, amazed - the stranger splendor that wraps
them in spite of the uncertain light.
But the view
doesn't finish there, it is prolonged to the
temples of slender steeples, to the paved streets, to the colonial
houses with balconies of fused iron and to the reddish tiles that
crown the constructions of Cuenca, the capital
of the county of the Azuay, located in the southern mountain of
Patrimony of the Humanity by the Unesco, Cuenca (2549 m.a.s.l.)
is a city of colonial atmosphere, where the centennial excellence
of their churches and buildings, seem to endow their inhabitants
of a welcoming tranquility, arguments that has been enough to
be considered by many Ecuadorians, as the most beautiful city
in their country.
In 1557, the
Spaniards founded it with the name of Santa Ana de los Cuatro
Rios de Cuenca. Previously, the area was inhabited by the cañaris
native that were conquered by the Incas. When taking possession
of the place, those "sons of the sun" decided to build
a great city (Tomepampa), dedicated to become the Cusco of the
The past lives
in Cuenca. And that the traveler can
feel, as well as it feels that after the colonial walls a strong
city gets up looking to the future with optimism.
continue being part of the sky.