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A capital of the Inca empire, Quito has a rich pre-Colombian history. Ecuador's capital was founded on the ruins of the Inca city and remains the least-altered historic centre in Latin America. A UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the city's important sites include the Baroque gems San Francisco and Santo Domingo monasteries, as well as La Compañía church and college. Central Bank Museum, The Equatorial Monument and El Panecillo observation point are other highlights. Drive or take a taxi to see the city.