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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Churches of Cuenca

Aloha Everyone,

There are at least a dozen churches within easy walking distance from our apartment.  Today JJ and I walked for 3 hours at a leisurely pace to photograph some of them.

1)  New Cathedral of Cuenca

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Spanish: Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción), commonly referred to the as the New Cathedral of Cuenca (Spanish: Nueva Catedral de Cuenca) Construction started in 1885 and took almost a century. Three grand domes are covered by blue and white glazed tile from Czechoslovakia

2)  El Sagrario, The Old Cathedral of Cuenca is about 400 years old and it now serves as a museum

3)  La Iglesia Carmen de la Asunción -  Santuario Mariano is a sanctuary, a place of safe haven, a place of safety.

4)  Iglesia de San Francisco - the plaza where our apartment building is located is named after the church.

5)  Iglesia de San Alfonso -

Beautiful carved door of Iglesia de San Alfonso 

6)  Iglesia de Santo Domingo - 

7)  Iglesia de San Blas -

 Parque de San Blas 

8)  Iglesia de Tres Padres -

9)  Iglesia de la Merced -

An adoration by a group of faithfuls was authentic and moving.

As we were walking back  I heard a rapid conversation in Japanese. Curious, I approach the group and introduced myself. They are members of Japan Overseas Corporation Volunteers. Working in a wide range of fields, they each bring expertise in health, agriculture, forestry, education, fisheries, etc. Fashioned after the U.S. Peace Corp, the volunteers are generally aged between 20 - 39 years old.

J.J. and I found the group very interesting as we conversed in English, Japanese and in Spanish.

Kyogi, Masami, Yuji, Kentato, Honey

We arrived at our apartment just in time to escape this afternoon rain, thunder and lightening show.

Aloha -- Cathi