Mitad del Mundo

2000 years ago, the indigenous people of what’s Ecuador today, knew there was something special about the Quito (center of the Earth) area. 

1736, a French expedition established the equator line, which was reassured with modern day technology (difference is only 141 meters)

Sun solstice: no shadow can be seen for a few minutes 

Sun equinox: sun will be exactly above the equator. 

6 months of the year, the sun can be seen in the southern respectively northern skies. Stars of both skies can therefore be seen near the equator line. 

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Quito facts

Qui = Center/Middle

To = Earth

Quito = Center of the Earth

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Inka influence only lasted 30 years, arrival of the Spanish ended that. Inkas came from the further south Cusco looking for the center of Earth. 

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How to attract the original inhabitants of Quito into Catholic Churches? Ensure there’s a sun, Init, the God of the Inkas is present in most churches. 

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Panecillo got its name since it’s shaped like a small bread (hence PANecillo)

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Superstition: if the basilica is finished, so is our time on earth, hence, continuous work at the basilica!