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The San Marcos was built by the Spanish architect José Jaime Ortiz, in 1707, as a country house. Architect Ortiz built the wonderful Iglesia del Sagrario. At that time its price was 700 patacones.
In 1920, 2 brothers fought over the inheritance and divided the house.
The brother who stayed with the part of the current Casa San Marcos called the famous Italian architect Antonino Russo, so that in the northern part he would build 3 floors that today can be admired from the street.
The House has 2 emblematic rooms, the Hall of the Shields, so called because it has the family Shield, painted on leather and it is a door from the 16th century. In this room there is a piano, Louis XVI furniture, consoles and French tables. It is in the colonial part of the mansion, with its large adobe walls, you enter the great hall through there, totally original, the ceiling is admirable, already 300 years old, it is made with bareque, tied with lianas and torments, which are leather betas, which were used to punish. The structure is made with fine woods that have been maintained over time.
In Quito, a similar ceiling is found in the Convent of San Diego, in La Casa de Sucre and in some corridors of some cloisters. This hall is decorated with a variety of angels, from which it has taken its name. It has European works and the Quito School.
There is inlaid furniture from the 18th century. A Spanish chest from the 17th century and seats and benches from the same century.
We go to the Corredor de los Frescoes where the famous Ecuadorian artist Pablo Cabrera Zambrano painted the tree of life of the current family where it appears on a vase, a garden full of flowers and 3 little birds, in flight, The largest mother in a tone red, flies, and she had a reason, she is the Grandmother who flies, in a children's program on the radio. In the upper part there is a beautiful blue bird that represents the eldest daughter, who is a painter, and in the lower part a small bird, the youngest daughter, who is a writer.
The house, now converted into a luxury hotel, decorated with antique furniture, has not lost its essence, as it is still visited by celebrities, artists, politicians, people of culture and those who like to savor the charm of the past.
Come, you will feel treated like royalty, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, this is your home, and you will be able to enjoy all the environments, a good wine cellar, a cafeteria where you can taste our gastronomy.
Casa San Marcos - a place of trust, recommended and valued with several awards