AbstractUNESCO considers the historical center of Quito as one of the best preserved historical centers around the world, and also a harmonious adaptation of European artistry in an Andean territory. This essay examines material that challenges the historical center as a harmonious historical territory in three movements. First, the historical center is examined at a narrative level, having the earliest maps of the city as evidence of discrepancies between facts and representation, making these discrepancies the very material evidence of the real. Secondly, the notion of mestizaje in Quito reveals not only the imposition of alien codes but also the possibility of using those codes for anti-colonialism. Lastly, the politics of preservation in Quito limit the historical center, as a hegemonic testimony of a colonial antiquity image, which implies not only a political jurisdiction but also the violent elimination of any intrusion.
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