En su his­to­ria Ti­me­li­ne

Nan Magazine - - LA MANZANA JESUITA / THE JESUIT BLOCK -

La par­ti­da de los je­sui­tas hi­zo de la his­to­ria de es­ta cons­truc­ción al­go digno de es­qui­zo­fre­nia. Mien­tras la ocu­pa­ron, es­te cen­tro de ope­ra­cio­nes don­de se ad­mi­nis­tra­ban las po­de­ro­sas ha­cien­das de la or­den, era lu­gar de en­se­ñan­za, cul­to y es­tu­dio. El geo­dé­si­co La Con­da­mi­ne vi­vió aquí (lle­gó a tra­zar el me­ri­diano en una de sus azo­teas y co­lo­có en ella un re­loj de sol), des­cri­bien­do el lu­gar co­mo uno de los rin­co­nes más apa­ci­bles de la ciu­dad. To­do cam­bia­ría a par­tir de su ex­pul­sión en 1767. Es un mi­la­gro que si­ga en pie. He aquí un bre­ve des­plie­gue de su increíble his­to­ria:

The departure of the Je­suits tur­ned the his­tory of this buil­ding in­to a sa­ga worthy of a Rus­sian li­te­rary dra­ma. Under Je­suit oc­cu­pa­tion, this ope­ra­tions cen­ter for Qui­to’s most pro­duc­ti­ve ha­cien­das, was al­so a pla­ce of lear­ning, wors­hip and study. The geo­de­sic mis­sion lea­der Char­les Ma­rie de La Con­da­mi­ne was hou­se here (in his free time, he ma­na­ged to trace the me­ri­dian li­ne along one of the cons­truc­tion’s roofs, and pla­ced on it a sun­dial). He des­cri­bed the pla­ce as one of the most pea­ce­ful lo­ca­tions in the city. Everyt­hing would chan­ge in 1767. It is a mi­ra­cle that the ori­gi­nal cons­truc­tion still stands. Here is a brief outli­ne of its in­cre­di­ble story:

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