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A few blocks from the Fundación Guayasamín , this impressive structure is in many ways the culmination of the work and dreams of Ecuador's great modern artist, Oswaldo Guayasamín. Guayasamín, who died in 1999 at the age of 90, had wanted to open the museum on the first day of the new century, but financial problems and construction delays postponed its opening until November 2002. Dedicated to "man's progress through art," the architecturally intriguing, nonsectarian chapel houses many of the artist's paintings, murals, and sculptures, as well parts of his personal collection of colonial art, archaeological finds, and contemporary art. Inca and indigenous mythological beliefs are incorporated into the design of the building, which is three levels tall and uses the number 3 for various motifs and architectural elements. The eternal flame in the chapel's altar is dedicated to those who died defending human rights (or the rights of man, which explains the name of the museum). Guayasamín himself is buried here, beneath a tree he planted, which has been renamed El Arbol de la Vida (The Tree of Life). Allot yourself about an hour to view the museum.