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Pre-Columbian treasures

In the streets Cuenca and Bolívar you can find one of the most beautiful museums in the city, the Casa del Alabado, a Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. It has over 5000 archaeological pieces of which 500 are exhibited permanently. The treasures this place contains appears evident right from the entrance of the restored seventeenth century colonial house, there is a small patio that inspires tranquility and once you enter the museum, the light dims and one is fully immersed in the pre-Columbian world.

Museum Casa del Alabado

The exhibition is not organized in a chronological order, as these types of museums usually do, but rather they are divided by themes: the Under-world, the Middle-world and the Upper-world in which parts of different cultures of Ecuador are displayed. Cultures like Valdivia, Mayo-Chinchipe, Chorrera, Jama-Coaque, among others.

Museum Casa del Alabado

Museum Casa del Alabado

The restoration of the house began in 2006 by the Tolita Foundation and the museum finally opened its doors to the public in 2010. Walking through the various rooms becomes a fascinating experience; not only because of the archaeological gems that leave you open-mouthed, but also the decoration of the rooms, its color, its light. The halls of the Under-world (the universe in which the creators of the world inhabited) contain brown colors, with dimmed lights that subtly illuminate the art work, it is a feeling of being in a place where darkness prevails. While in the spaces of the Middle-world (made up by everything that exists in the face of the earth, our world) and the Upper-world (where divine and heroic beings as the shaman dwelled) there was more light.

Museum Casa del Alabado

The restoration of the house began in 2006 by the Tolita Foundation and the museum finally opened its doors to the public in 2010. Walking through the various rooms becomes a fascinating experience; not only because of the archaeological gems that leave you open-mouthed, but also the decoration of the rooms, its color, its light. The halls of the Under-world (the universe in which the creators of the world inhabited) contain brown colors, with dimmed lights that subtly illuminate the art work, it is a feeling of being in a place where darkness prevails. While in the spaces of the Middle-world (made up by everything that exists in the face of the earth, our world) and the Upper-world (where divine and heroic beings as the shaman dwelled) there was more light.

Museum Casa del Alabado

Museum Casa del Alabado

Museum Casa del Alabado

Museum Casa del Alabado


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