La Compañía de Jesús Church
Compañia´s Church - visit Quito and his historic center

La Compañía de Jesús Church

“La Compañía de Jesús Church” is one of the peak works of Latin American baroque. Its interior, covered with gold and multiple religious figures, is the faithful description of “horror vacui” (horror to emptiness). This church is characterized by coining different styles of art (such as the Renaissance, Mudejar or neoclassical), thanks to its construction took about 160 years. In April of each year, the parishioners of this church walk the streets of the Historic Center carrying on their shoulders the picture of the Sorrowful Virgin, which many tell one day she cried.

La Compañía de Jesús Church
Compañia´s Church – discovering Quito

Capped by green-and-gold domes, La Compañía de Jesús is Quito’s most ornate church and a standout among the baroque splendors of the Old Town. Free guided tours in English or Spanish highlight the church’s unique features, including its Moorish elements, perfect symmetry (right down to the trompe l’oeil staircase at the rear), symbolic elements (bright-red walls are a reminder of Christ’s blood) and its syncretism (Ecuadorian plants and indigenous faces are hidden along the pillars).

Construction on this marvelously gilded Jesuit church began in 1605 but wasn’t completed for another 160 years; the main altarpiece alone took 20 years (former president Gabriel García Moreno is buried here). The made-in-the-USA organ is circa 1889. Check out the chiaroscuro-style series of paintings called the 16 Prophets by Nicolás Javier de Goríbar and the large canvas Hell and Final Judgement from 1879 – it’s still a mystery what happened to the original, painted by Hermano Hernando de la Cruz in 1620. Quiteños proudly call it the most beautiful church in the country, and it’s easy to see why.


Details:
García Moreno & Sucre

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Hours:9:30am-6:30pm Mon-Thu, to 5:30pm Fri, to 4pm Sat, 12:30-4pm SunPrice:adult/student $5/2.50

Construction on this marvelously gilded Jesuit church began in 1605 but wasn’t completed for another 160 years; the main altarpiece alone took 20 years (former president Gabriel García Moreno is buried here). The made-in-the-USA organ is circa 1889. Check out the chiaroscuro-style series of paintings called the 16 Prophets by Nicolás Javier de Goríbar and the large canvas Hell and Final Judgement from 1879 – it’s still a mystery what happened to the original, painted by Hermano Hernando de la Cruz in 1620. Quiteños proudly call it the most beautiful church in the country, and it’s easy to see why.

source: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/ecuador/quito/attractions/iglesia-de-la-compania-de-jesus/a/poi-sig/436306/363359


The Foundation that runs this  iconic La Compañía de Jesús Church, was created with the purpose of preserving, maintaining and disseminating the artistic and cultural wealth of the Compañía de Quito Church. Its work is oriented towards the knowledge and enjoyment of this cultural, artistic and religious legacy of the Quiteños.

The “La Compañía de Jesús Church” was constituted in one of the most important religious monuments in the historic center of the city of Quito, declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978.

The activity of the Foundation La Compañía de Jesús Church, is focused on preventive conservation, both of the church and the Jesuit building, as well as of its cultural assets; and on the dissemination of its historical, religious, architectural and artistic values. The Foundation also carries out temporary exhibitions, educational and research activities, which complement its objectives. 

Location: Benalcázar street y Sucre street. 

Phone number: (02) 2581 895

Website: www.fundacioniglesiadelacompania.org.ec

Email: ficj@fundacioniglesiadelacompania.org.ec

Schedule: Monday to Thursday from 9h30 to 18h30
Friday from 9h30 to 17h30
Saturday and holidays from 9h30 to 16h15
Sunday from 12h30 to 16h15

Tickets:
Adult Foreigner 5.00
Student Foreigner 2.50
National Adult 2.50

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