Their influence wasn't in vain, and
religious devotion was sown in people's souls. In 1649, more
than two thousand people crossed the city from north to south
various times during the day and night, praying for God to
reveal to them the identity of the thieves who had stolen the
sacred chalice from the convent of Santa Clara.
28th of January, 1912 was
memorable in the annals of the city's
history. A large crowd of people dragged the dead body of
President Eloy Alfaro through the streets. Alfaro had headed
the Liberal Revolution but was assassinated in the city's
prison and later incinerated at El Ejido park. On a happier note, three years later, Quito
was declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO
with the aim of preserving its colonial convents and churches
and the historic center in general.