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Iglesia de Guapulo, Quito, Ecuador; a statue paying tribute to Francisco de Orellana stands in front of Iglesia de Guapulo (Guapulo Church) from in front of the main entrance, the present building was begun in 1649, under Brother Antonio Rodríguez. The church is large and imposing, with a single nave in the form of a latin cross, 190 feet by 90, and covered by a great central dome. The facade is of a simple neo-classical style, with a two-towered belfry. It is situated on a small plateau among the range of hills that separates Quito from the Tumbaco valley. It is surrounded by deep gorges, and stands beside the road taken by Pizarro's expedition that was to discover the Amazon. The figure of Our Lady' of Guadalupe which is worshipped there was carved by Diego de Robles, and polychromed by Luis de Rivera. The pulpit of the Guapulo Church, Quito is considered the most beautiful pulpit in the entire continent of South America. The Guapulo Church, Quito is reckoned as one of the most famous tourist attractions in Quito. , Copyright © Matthew Meier, matthewmeierphoto.com All Rights Reserved