Iglesia La Compañía or La Compañía de Jesús was constructed by the Jesuits between 1605 and 1765, in ... More
Iglesia La Compañía
Iglesia La Compañía or La Compañía de Jesús was constructed by the Jesuits between 1605 and 1765, in the heart of Quito's historical center. Its elaborate Baroque facade was sculpted in stone by indigenous hands. This temple was closed from 1767 to 1807 due to the banishment of Jesuits from Ecuador. It was re-opened by the Chilean friar Camilo Henríquez, from the Order of Buenamuerte, who later participated in the independence struggles of his native land. Thousands of people visit the church every day, due to its central location, and its attractive architecture makes it popular with tourists.
The whole church is made out of gold, it is breathtaking the amount of detail and craftmanship. It was two dollars to get in, but worth it. You are not allowed to take pictures, but that is the same in most places. I would recommend a tour or a guide because they are locals and they usually know extra facts that you would not usually learn just going in on your own. Certainly a must see on your Quito trip!!
There is a small entrance fee to enter La Compa�ia, but the price is worth it if you would like to see one of the most showy churches in Quito, Ecuador.
I've visited a number of churches in Ecuador (primarily in Quito), and La Compa�ia is by far the shiniest...it is gilded from nearly top to bottom, and is a clear display of Catholic reverence for God.
If you're looking for something a little less gaudy, however, check out La Basilica, also located in the Historical Center of Quito, but is more gothic, and, in my opinion, more impressive.
This church is known to the locals as the most impressive church in the area. The inside is covered with gold, and construction is still in process to repair parts damaged by an earthquake a few years ago. If you are going to see one church in Quito, go to La Compania. It is centrally located right off the Plaza de Independencia.
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