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Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, Quito

Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, Quito (must see)

This Jesuit edifice in the historic center of Quito is one of the city's best-known churches because of its large central nave profusely decorated with gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings. It was modeled after the Church of the Gesù and Sant'Ignazio in Rome.

Styled in Latin American Baroque, it took the Jesuits order almost 160 years to finish construction. Design elements include a near symmetrical facade, Moorish influence in the nave, and artwork by artists of the Quito School of Art. The bell tower was one of the tallest structures from the colonial period but fell as an effect of the earthquakes of 1859 and 1868. Over the past few decades, the church has undergone lengthly restoration work, especially since a fire damaged the interior of the nave.

A sarcophagus with the remains of Ecuador's patron saint, Mariana de Jesús, is located in the base of the central altar.

Why You Should Visit:
While many churches through Europe & South America are elaborate, none match the interior of this church.

Make certain to go with a guide (English available) because it will provide a level of insight to the background that isn't available on an independent tour.
Photos are not allowed, but there is a gift shop hidden in the front right corner where postcards of the interior may be purchased amongst other things.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 9:30am-6:30pm; Fri: 9:30am-5:30pm; Sat: 9:30am-4pm; Sun: 12:30-4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús
Sight Location: Quito, Ecuador
Sight Type: Religious
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