Ambato is a city in Ecuador. It is been appropriate for Hochebene the capital of the province Tungurahua, in a Anden - on approximately 2570 m over NN between the east and west Kordilleren. The city is appropriate for about 140 km south of Quito and 30 km northeast the Chimborazo, the highest mountain of the country. By the city the Panamericana leads.
The city Ambato has about 221,000 inhabitants, with suburbs is it 297,000 inhabitants (conditions: 25. November 2001).
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already for over 1000 years are settlements on the banks of the Rio Ambato demonstrably. After already different Indio - trunks in that in former times Cashapamba marked region, conquered in 15. Century Inkas the Hochebene. In close proximity to Ambato the Inka king Atahualpa triumphed to half brother Huáscar stressing the throne likewise over that in the year 1530. With the reestablishment of the city by the Spanish Konquistadoren in the year 1535 she attained a certain meaning as commercial centre. From that once the city coining/shaping colonial architecture is today hardly some more received, there to to 5. August 1949 the city by an earthquake was made alike practically the ground and completely was since then again developed.
the city coined/shaped by many fruit plan days in the environment, which by the moderate-tropical, precipitation-rich high mountain climate good growth conditions to find. In addition is the city admits for a various production of arts and crafts products, in particular from leather goods. The most important branch of industry is the building of bodies, in particular from touring buses. However this industry had to register substantial losses by the abolition of the vehicle import duties in Ecuador in the middle of the 1990er years, since it did not have to set anything for the international competition against.
objects of interest
due to the earthquake of 1949 gives it few architectural objects of interest in Ambato. The most important objects of interest of the city are:
- the cathedral
- library and museum Casa de Montalvo,
- the Casa de la Cultura at the Parque Juan Montalvo with an exhibition to Ambatos history as well as
- the naturkundliche museum Museo de Ciencas Naturales of the Colegio Nacional Bolivar.
To mention also three garden worth seeing Haciendas from that is 19. Century on the northwest bank side of the Rio Ambato, in which the writers and intellectual Juan Montalvo, Juan León Mera and Juan Benigno Vela lived, why one speaks also of the city of the three Juan.
Generally speaking country admits is annually the Feria de taking place to the Karnevalszeit at the end of of February read Frutas y read Flores (fruit and flower fair). In addition, each Monday taking place market is worth seeing and one the largest in the country. Mainly fruit and vegetables are sold there. The Indios comes from the most different villages of the environment and is usually in local Tracht dressed, whereby each village has something other Tracht.
sons and daughters of the city
- Juan Montalvo, Ecuadorian writer, essayist and journalist