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“Stunning church”

Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus
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Owner description: This Jesuit church is a masterpiece of baroque and Quiteno-colonial art with lavish golden altars and gilded columns, making it one of the most ornate structures in Ecuador.
Reviewed February 11, 2014

The interior of this church is absolutely stunning. The moment you enter you are faced by gold everywhere you look. Every interior surface is covered in gold leaf. The organ which was made by an American is in mint condition. Every side altar as well as the main altar and pulpit are shiny with gold.
The floor is the only part that is not original having been replaced to keep ground moisture from damaging the interior finishes.
One of our group commented that in all the European churches she had visited none could compare in splendor and amount of gold used. This is a must place to visit.

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Reviewed February 11, 2014

A most amazing interior - do not miss this dazzling display of colonial opulence! A real treat in a city loaded with gems.

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Reviewed February 10, 2014

According to one of the guide books, seven tons of gold went into decorating this Jesuit church, commonly known as La Compania. We've seen lots of gilded colonial churches in Latin America, and this one, though not the largest, is probably the glitziest. Nearly every interior surface is covered with gold, so much so that sculpture and architecture seem barely noticeable. There is an argument to be made that places like this are obscene, viewed in apposition to the poverty that surrounded them when they were built (and still does to a lesser degree). Perhaps that's why the Jesuits were kicked out of so many countries by reform-minded politicians. On the other hand, La Compania is a relic of another age, something that could never be built today, and so has much historical and esthetic importance. Don't overlook the church's facade: it's a fine example of the plateresque.

Thank Robert M
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

It was very pretty on the inside. So much gold plus so much different from any other churches. Worth visiting

Thank Martelu
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

It is easy to be impressed by this massive exhibition of gold and carefully crafted interior decorations, and that was my first reaction. But it is also an overwhelming testimony to glaring opulence in a society plagued by poverty--even more so then, than now. Anyway, the investment is all done, so you might as well enjoy.

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