As a modern city and the main center of business for Ecuador, Guayaquil has many high-rises of unique designs. The newest is the Point, which opened for business in 2013. This visually captivating structure is the work of Ecuadorian architect Christian Wiese, and it is the tallest building in the country, with the final floor standing at 450 feet (137.2 meters).
La Casa de Julián Coronel
The house of Julián Coronel, built at the turn of the century between 1899 and 1900, once sat in downtown Guayaquil. Today, it’s on the grounds of the Parque Historico, where several noteworthy historic buildings have been preserved. In a design typical of the turn of the century, commercial businesses occupied the first floor, and the second floor was the opulent residence of a single family. On the upper floor, several wide doorways with decorative screens allowed the entry of cool breezes, an important architectural element in a hot, humid climate before the time of air conditioning.
La Casa de Julián Coronel, Parque Historico, Av Rio Esmeraldas, Samborondón, Ecuador, +593 4-283-2958
The spires topping the Catedral Metropolitana, also known as the Catedral de San Pedro, are visible from a great distance in the city of Guayaquil. In 1547, the church was originally built of wood, a common choice of the era; however, that edifice burned down in 1692. A colonial-style church replaced it, in the same location, during the early years of the new Republic in the mid-19th century. In the early 1900s, however, the structure was deemed too simple, and the cathedral was reconstructed in the neoclassical style. This church is best admired on a day with a bright blue sky.
Catedral Metropolitana, Chimborazo and Diez de Agosto, Guayaquil, Ecuador, +593 4-251-2865