This first picture is a before-picture of the Church before the work began several years ago.
This week we joined up with friends to tour the renovation project. Ever since we got here, we'd all been itching to see the inside and we were so pleased to have had this special opportunity.
The event was organized by the City and school children were ready to be our hosts.
We always smile when Ecuadorians assume us Gringos only speak English and not a lick of Spanish, but in this case, we were glad that our guides wanted to practice their English! We didn't want to miss anything! We practiced our Spanish, too. We said Gracias, the kids said Thank You....We said Buenos Dias, the kids said Good Morning... Fun!
He told us the stories... These crypts are at the entry of the Church.
Our guide showed us samples of the building materials and techniques. The builders used traditional adobe and another process called bahareque, involving a mixture of sugar cane, clay, plants and straw.
Here are a few interesting discoveries... an old irrigation system
The Church is scheduled to be open to the public in just a few more months.
We can hardly wait to return when the work is all done.
Todos Santos will be even more beautiful!