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Church of the Society of Jesus - Come and see the most beautiful colonial churches in Quito

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Church of the Society of Jesus is a spectacularly lavish Jesuit church in Quito Old Town. The church is built out of volcanic stone and extravagantly decorated with gold leaf. The church is widely regarded to be Ecuador’s most beautiful Baroque monument. The church's 18th-century Baroque styling is indicative of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

See also : Seeing the perfect blend of architecture and sanctity at Quito Cathedral

The church’s interior is illuminated by a warm glow glowing from the large central nave. The nave’s lavishly decorated altar and pillars, highlighted by gold leaf, gilded plaster and wood carvings are to be marveled at. The church is adorned with the gold altars and gilded columns and their geometric (Moorish) patterns. Towards the nave, the sunlight and candlelight deepen the gold glow. Look up from the nave to the 85-foot high barrel vault made of pumice and brick, and see more than a hundred different paintings and sculptures.

Entry time:
Monday to Thursday 9:30am – 6:30pm Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday 9:30am – 4:15pm
Sunday 12:30 – 4:15pm
Guided tours in Spanish or English are included in entrance fee
Entrance is free on the first Sunday of the month.

Entry fees: $4 for foreigners

Address: Garcia Moreno y Sucre, Quito, Ecuador

Contact info: +593 2-258-4175

How to get there: The church is located in Quito Old Town, near Independence Square. The area is accessible by trolleybus. Metered parking can be found on the neighboring streets."

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