Santo Domingo Church (Iglesia de Santo Domingo)

Santo Domingo Church (Iglesia de Santo Domingo), Quito

Santo Domingo Church (Iglesia de Santo Domingo)

Santo Domingo Church (Iglesia de Santo Domingo)
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This church is famous for its magnificent religious sculpture and the image of the Virgin, which was a gift from Charles V of Spain.
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,095 contributions
Construction began in 1540 by Dominican priests. Covered by works in cedar covered with gold leaf, and by numerous paintings and carvings that adorn its interior, the space is grand. Along with the main altarpiece, the ten side chapels complete the interior complex of Santo Domingo further enriching the internal body of the church with beautiful woodwork and gold leaf. The ceiling is Moorish.
Written January 12, 2022
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK615 contributions
Solo
The Santo Domingo church faces out to one of the main plazas in the city. It is a large and prominent church in the city and features many beautiful paintings, ornaments, architectural designs and statues.
Written February 1, 2019
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GlobeTrotting33338
Indiana1 contribution
In quito around 90% of the population is catholic due to the spanish bringing the religion into the country. Thus the reason why the church was built. Inside this church it is beautfully decorated with magnificent paintings and gold leaf. They have many seperate chapels in various parts of the huge church. ne in particular is decorated with the Blessed Virgin Mary Statue dressed in red with baby Jesus in her arm. The monks there wear white robes. Unfortunately the church is nder construction right now but daily mass is still held there amid all the construction workers buzzing about.Magnificent Murals adorn the walls of a particular chapel located near the back of the church(The part that is open to the people).
Written November 11, 2005
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,219 contributions
Already in 1540 when the Spanish conquest was still ongoing, the Dominican order planned this church as part of a bigger project to christianize the local population. The church was completed in 1688.

The Dominicans are specialized in preaching focusing on the lower poor sections of the population. They are also called the Order of Preachers (OP). Instead of staying within the walls of a convent, they went out. Many of them traveled and stayed in cities. During the 1500s and early 1600s they were quite fanatic, though gradually adjusted to the general pattern. Still when you observe the church you see the style is more simple and sober than that of the Jesuit and Franciscan churches in Quito. The ten side altars abide by the prevalent Baroque expression of religion: detailed woodcarvings, gold leaf and rich ornamentation. Note the chapel of the Rosary above the arch over Rocafuerte street. The artists have given it their best.

My impression was the church nowadays functions as an average parrish church serving the poor and lower middle class neigborhood. By the way the initial focus of the Dominican preachers.
Written January 18, 2020
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,433 contributions
Couples
Definitely one of the prettiest churches in Quito. The white long design, combined with with beautiful clock tower is just stunning, especially at night.
Written January 22, 2021
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Lostagainadvisor
Houston, TX746 contributions
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We got a little confused in wandering around old town and stumbled into the Plaza de Independencia and the church. The plaza has a interesting brick pattern and a statue of Marshal Antonio José de Sucre. The church looks sort of unimposing when viewed from the outside. Upon entry it opens up to ornate altars and artwork. Not your typical neighborhood church as it appears from the outside. The evening service was just starting. This is an amazing place to visit.
Written July 31, 2018
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atreg
Houma, LA198 contributions
Friends
This church is not as visited as the others because it is a little out of the way - but only by 3-4 blocks - and is well worth the effort. It houses a museum of church art from the colonial period on. There is an English speaking curator who gives tours. You have to enter through the side door. There is a $2 entrance fee. At 5:00 p.m. the main door opens for a rosary and Mass at 6:00 p.m.
Written June 19, 2015
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Ryan J
Budapest, Hungary1,210 contributions
Couples
You need to catch this at the right time as it is only open for services. Inside you will find some of the works of art by the monk Pedro Bedón from the year 1586, He has been credited with being the originator of the Quito school of painting.

As the name suggests, this is a church founded by the Dominican order.
Written March 26, 2015
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Veronica Hunter
Medford, NJ5,880 contributions
Couples
I visited the church to give thanks for what I have. I also asked to be forgiven and to abandon past painful memories so that I can enjoy my present life and strengthen my immune system.
Written August 27, 2018
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Steph_from_Ohio
Ohio19 contributions
The architecture and art inside the church are truly incredible. The chance to mingle with the locals on the plaza that bears the church's name is precious. The views of El Panecillo from the plaza are excellent. This is steps away from la Plaza Grande/Plaza de Independencia in the historic city centre and is not to be missed!
Written July 5, 2018
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