Are you passionate about history? Then you are in the perfect place. Cuenca is one of the few Latin-American cities able to preserve its “City Charter,” or Foundation Document. The 461 years old text is part of the City Hall Book, which includes a portrait of Marqués de Cañete Andrés Hurtado de Mendoza, the founder of the city of Cuenca, on the back cover. The City Hall Book is on view in the Historical Archives of the city, in the Remigio Crespo Toral Museum. The 461-year -old Instructions for the layout of the city include, “ A checkerboard pattern, and…
Want to read the whole story?
Subscribe to The Cuenca Dispatch and gain full access to this story, weekly issues, plus the entire running archive! With your subscription, you will gain access to all the news you'll need concerning Ecuador as a United States expat.
Get access to our most read articles
- Cuenca expat scene is ‘changing before our eyes’
- Global warming? Most of the hot air is generated by politicians
- Immerse yourself in Cuenca’s bountiful markets
- Ecuadorian named to Time magazine’s 100 most influential people list
- Los Perniles
- What should you bring to Cuenca?
- Searching for origin of the word ‘Gringo’
- Artesana Bakery: a love story
- Cuenca will have a new Ludic Botanical Garden
- Catholic church opens its doors to the LGBTI community