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Cuenca Ecuador, CathedralCuenca is the third largest city in Ecuador, capital of the Azuay province. It is located in the Sierra, at 2,200 meters above sea level, and the climate is spring-like, with average temperatures ranging between 14° and 24° C. Its full name is  It has a population of about 350 000 people Cuenca is unarguably the centre of culture and art of Ecuador For its charming historical center, the churches, the small cobbled streets and colonial houses with noble facades, prim balustrades, wrought iron balconies and red tiled roofs.

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Cuenca was recently declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1999.

The impressive churches in the old center are dating back to the 16th to 17th century and if you believe it, or not, this is the city of churches with 52 churches. The city is divided in half by the Rio Tomebamba. In the northern half the heart of the colonial city is situated, in the south the newer suburbs. The Rio Tomebamba is worth having a look. At the riverside it is lined by colonial buildings and washwomen lying out their clothing to dry at the banks of the river.

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