Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, Quito

#2 of 88 in Historic Sites in Ecuador
Must see · Religious Site · Architectural Building
Quito's famous Baroque church, Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania dazzles visitors with its golden interior. Dripping with extravagance, the church is adorned head to toe in gold leaf decorations, perhaps explaining why it took 160 years to build. Equally impressive-- though not nearly as golden--the church's symmetrical facade gives visitors a taste of what's to come inside. Have a look at the indigenous Ecuadorian faces depicted subtly on the pillars. By using our Quito trip itinerary maker, you can arrange your visit to Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania and other attractions in Quito.
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  • Okay, this is pretty impressive, and I've seen my share of churches. But the best part is when you have a tour guide take you to the roof where you can see the basilica from the top.  more »
  • …make it this one. We took a full day tour of Quito and stopped inside three churches. This was the best of the three and one of the better churches that we have seen anywhere in South America. What.....  more »
  • The detail in all of the gold, silver and wood is simply breathtaking. Definitely a must see if you're in Quito. They do not allow pictures to be taken, which is somewhat a shame, because the world should be able to see the care taken in the creation of this beauty.
  • Es el templo cumbre del barroco latinoamericano; construido por los jesuitas entre 1605 y 1765. La Iglesia de la Compañía fue levantada por artistas de la Escuela Quiteña, quienes tallaron y doraron fina lámina de oro de 23 quilates cada centímetro del templo. La Residencia de San Ignacio y la Fundación Iglesia de la Compañía, encargadas de la conservación preventiva y mantenimiento del espacio te invitan a admirar la iglesia y a apoyar en la preservación de este legado cultural.

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