La Compañía Church
baroque iconic church
It took over 160 years to complete the structure of Iglesia de La Compañía de Jesús, known as the "Church of the Society of Jesus" in English. This here is not just a church, it is a living museum. It is not just about its beauty, it is about its history, it's significance in Quito's culture, and it's the best of example of how religion was imposed in Ecuador back in the Spanish conquer.
Just consider this: Mariana de Jesus, the same Saint, who donated her house to be turned into a convent (where the Carmen Alto museum now resides), is buried in the main altar of this church.
However, Ecuadoreans were really close to losing this beauty, when the church's interior got fire. Since then, experts in repairing this type of monuments have been trying to replicate exactly how it used to look. Nevertheless, new gold is different than old gold and it is easy now to see differentiate what areas where mostly affected. Take a while to study the impressive detail of the central nave and save time to visit the main altar and religious paintings.
Spanish Baroque architects profusely decorated the church's interior with gilded ceilings and exterior with intricate stone carvings, making it recognized today as the most awe-inspiring and beautiful church in Quito and even in Ecuador.
Tours of "Iglesia de la Compañía" in English are offered daily, just ask the entrance!
Monday - Thursday 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday and Holiday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
García Moreno y Sucre (esquina / corner), Quito, Ecuador
Telephone Number: 2584175 / 2581895
Includes entrance to Church and a guided tour available daily
When you arrive to the church, ask the security guard to open the door for you, then present your ticket at the main entrance & ticket booth. Once the ticket is scanned, you will be able to enter the church and will be offered a guided tour. Upon finishing your tour, show your ticket to the guard to exit.
How to get to "Iglesia de la Compañía"
Quito Tour Bus: Stop #7 on your city tour. That simple! Just hop off.
Car or Taxi: The church is located two blocks away from the Plaza Grande (where the Presidential Palace is). There is parking available two blocks away on García Moreno.
Walking: It is also within walking distance of any point in the Historical Center.
No photos or videos are allowed in the church. The guided tour takes about one hour.
Amenities Nearby "Iglesia de la Compañía"
This attraction is located two blocks away from the Museo de la Ciudad and el Carmen Alto on the same García Moreno street included in your Bucket Pass. Alternatively, visit the Presidential Palace which offers free tours inside the building.