Iglesia del Sagrario
The Iglesia del Sagrario means Church of the Shrine in English – but it’s commonly known as the Old Cathedral. Built in 1557 – the year Cuenca was founded – it is one of the most historic buildings in the country. The spire served as a reference point for French scientists in the 18th century, during a mission to determine the greatest of Earth’s circumferences: around the Equator or the Poles. Deconsecrated in 1981, it’s now a museum of religious curiosities, including priests’ garments and lightweight Jesus sculptures, made to be paraded on high in processions. See also the pulpit handrail, styled after human ribs to represent the Passion of Christ.