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Society of Jesus church and convent

South American baroque's treasure chest

•location:
QUITO CITY

•type:

•country:
ECUADOR

•interest:

CULTURAL

CHURCH

Society of Jesus church and convent

GALLERY - 

 
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ABOUT - 

Society of Jesus church and convent

The Church and the convent "San Ignacio de Loyola" of the Society of Jesus, also known simply as "La Compañía", is a catholic complex located on the corner of Garcia Moreno and Sucre streets, in the historical center of Quito, capital of Ecuador, and cultural heritage of humanity. The facade of its main temple is carved in stone and is considered to be one of the most important expressions of the baroque architecture in America and the whole world.

 

The inner decoration of the church is covered by 7 tons of sheets of 23-carat gold leaf, making it an economic and artistic heritage of incalculable value. As a tourist attraction, it is one of the most important in Quito. The company was visited by two popes, Juan Pablo II in 1985 and Francisco in 2015. The construction of the church took 160 years from 1605.

All works conceived by European artists, to the church, were put into practice by mestizos as Bernardo Legarda and by indigenous artists such as Manuel Chili "Caspicara", that they printed their personal stamp through representations of native flora and symbols of the ancient villages of the Audience. The styles used are the baroque, the Mudejar or Moorish, the Churrigueresque and the neoclassical. “La Compañía” is a chest of colonial religious art treasures. 

Its exquisite art gallery houses works of the Quito School, exhibited on the walls of the church and the convent, including "The Four Evangelists", "The Cardinals of the Company of Jesus" and "The Sixteen Prophets". There are two sacred treasures in the temple: the remains of Saint Mary of Jesus, the first Ecuadorian Saint proclaimed in 1950 and the Picture of the Miracle of the Painful Virgin.

 

GET THERE - 

Society of Jesus church and convent

• location:
QUITO CITY
•country:
ECUADOR
•region: 
SOUTH AMERICA

ADDRESS OR VENUE

Garcia Moreno and Sucre streets

GETTING THERE FROM THE CLOSEST MAIN BUS STATION

From Carcelén bus station or “Terminal terrestre Carcelén”, 24 km by the Avenue Galo Plaza Lasso. From Quitumbe bus station or “Terminal terrestre Quitumbe”, 10.4 km by Mariscal Sucre Avenue.

TIME TO GET THERE FROM THE CLOSEST MAIN BUS STATION

If you go by urban bus from Carcelén to “Plaza Chica” there’ll be 16 stops and the ride will take you around 48 minutes. At the station it will pass a bus every 8 minutes approximately. If you go by taxi the ride will take you around 38 minutes. If you go by urban bus from Quitumbe to “Plaza Chica” there’ll be 19 stops and the ride will take you around 34 minutes. At the station it will pass a bus every 5 minutes approximately. If you go by taxi the ride will take you around 30 minutes.

GETTING THERE FROM THE CLOSEST AIRPORT

40,2 km from the airport Mariscal Sucre, connector Alpachaca – Ruta Viva

TIME TO GET THERE FROM THE CLOSEST AIRPORT

If you go by taxi the ride will take you around 47 minutes. There are also buses travelling from and to Mariscal Sucre Airport (Tababela) to the center of Quito, there are several options and travel companies.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

Quito city - 0km - 0miles

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Quito city's airport - 40km - 25miles

 

PRACTICAL - 

Society of Jesus church and convent

PROFILE

• Interest:

CULTURAL

PLACE

• Class:

CHURCH

• Type:

• Kind:

URBAN

2700

• Altitude meters:

8858

• Altitude feet:

• Minimum visit time in hours:

1

• Maximum visit time in hours:

4

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

  • Monday to friday, from 09h30 to 18h30.

  • Saturday, from 09h00 to 16h30.

  • Sunday, from 12h30 to 16h00.

ENTRANCE FEE

  • National adult: USD 2. 

  • University students: USD 1. 

  • Secondary students: USD 0,50. 

  • Foreign adults and elderly: USD 4. 

  • Foreign students: USD 2.

  • Children under 11 years of age, senior national adult and disabled: free entry. 

  • First Sunday of the month entry free.

RELATED ACTIVITIES

VISITS:

  • Guided visits.

  • Independent visits

CULTURAL:

  • Attending religious events.

  • Attending artistic events.

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

  • Unesco World Cultural Heritage Site.

  • Cultural National Heritage.

  • Historic distric.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • A camera.

  • A video camera.

LOCAL CONTACT