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27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES LIST + ADDRESSES

  1. Basilica del Voto National Church

  2. Buenaventura Chapel

  3. Cantuna Chapel

  4. National Cathedral

  5. Chapel of the Old San Juan de Dios Hospital (city museum)

  6. Chapel of the Rosario

  7. El Carmen Alto Church & Convent

  8. El Carmen Bajo Church & Convent

  9. El Sagrario Church

  10. Convento del Tejar Museum

  11. San Roque Church

  12. La Compania de Jesus Church

  13. La Concepcion Church & Monastery

  14. La Merced Church & Convent

  15. San Agustin Church & Convent

  16. San Blas Church

  17. San Diego Convent Museum

  18. San Francisco Basilica & Convent

  19. San Juan Chapel

  20. San Marcos Church

  21. Santa Barbara Church

  22. Santa Catalina Church & Monastery

  23. Santa Clara Church & Convent

  24. Santo Domingo Church & Convent

  25. Chapel of the Virgin Escalera

  26. Chapel of the Rosario

  27. Guapulo Church

  1. Carchi & Venezuela Street
  2. Plaza San Francisco
  3. Plaza San Francisco
  4. Plaza Central
  5. Rocafuerte and Garcia Moreno Street
  6. Rocafuerte and Montufa Street
  7. Garcia Moreno and Rocafuerte Street
  8. Venezuela and Olmedo Street
  9. Garcia Moreno and Espejo Street
  10. Ba?s and La Vega Street
  11. Chimboraza and Rocafuerte Street
  12. Benalcazar and Sucre Street
  13. Chile and Garcia Moreno Street
  14. Chile and Cuenca Street
  15. Guayaquil Street N5-59
  16. Plaza San Blas (Los Rios Street)
  17. Plaza de San Diego (Barahona Street)
  18. Plaza San Francisco
  19. Rocafuerte and Garcia Moreno Street
  20. Garcia Moreno and Espejo Street
  21. Garcia Moreno and Manabi Street
  22. Junin and Flores Street
  23. Plaza Santa Clara (Benalcazar Street)
  24. Plaza Santo Domingo
  25. Plaza Santo Domingo
  26. Rocafuerte and Plaza Santo Domingo
  27. Avenida de los Conquistadores

 

How many Famous Historic Churches in Quito, Ecuador:

We list all 27 famous historic churches in Quito + addresses. The Churches of Quito and Cuenca are testimonies to the historic role that the Roman Catholic Church has played in the history of Ecuador and in the entire South American colonies of Spain. The churches in Quito - though usually designed in Spain - are different in design from the renaissance and baroque churches found in Europe, and thereby rather unique as architectural wonders, and living museums, as all of them serve as religious houses to the primarily Roman Catholic population of Ecuador. All colonial churches but one are free of charge and well worth your visit.

 

Golden Churches in Quito, Ecuador

Quito's colonial churches, its Cathedral, and its monasteries are the core of old town Quito and the reason for Quito Capital of Ecuador to be declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are about two dozen historic monumental churches and convents and on this page we show you all the highlights. Often searched for is the Gold Church in Quito, but in reality, there are about a dozen famous golden churches in Quito, Ecuador, as many of them have gold-leave over wooden interiors.

 

The larger church complexes comprise chapels within their premises, which are then named and listed separately, like the Chapel of the Virgin Escalera and the Catuna Chapel.

 

The National Cathedral borders the entire length of the South side of the Plaza de la Republica or Plaza Central. The names of the original 204 Spanish conquerors are listed on its wall. Inside is the mausoleum of Antonio Jose de Sucre the founder of Ecuador and some of the country's most important historic figures are buried here. Adjacent is the Sagrario Church, built on top of a ravine that cut the city in two; it boasts magnificent altars and baroque elements. Across the plaza, the Conception Church and Convent was Quito's first feminine monastery and is one of five cloistered convents in the historic center.

 

The San Francisco Plaza is dominated by the San Francisco Church and Convent which is the home Franciscan Order. Part of the Convent is open to the Public and used as a museum. The Compania de Jesus Church is is not only the most lavish historic church of Quito, but debatably of all the Americas. Painted in gold leaf its exuberant interior leaves an unforgettable impression; next door is the Metropolitan Cultural Center, which houses rich rotating expositions. Its square-piped organ is one of the highlights of the church.

 

Quito's other principal square is the Santo Domingo Plaza with the Santo Domingo Church & Convent, which also houses the Fray Bedon Museum; multiple chapels include the Chapel of the Rosario and the Chapel of the Virgin Escalera.

 

The Mercedarios have built the Merced Church and Convent, while the Augustinians have one of the greatest baroque paintings in the collection of works by Miguel de Santiago found in the San Agustin Convent and Church.

 

The Carmelite Nuns built both El Carmen Alto where the order was originally located but they moved to El Carmen Bajo after an earthquake in 3 centuries ago. El Carmen Bajo is known for its rich Nativity display and El Carmen Alto is site of the former home of one of Ecuador's saints, Mariana de Jesus.

 

The former San Juan de Dios hospital and chapel now function as the City museum with interesting displays of the cities' history. The Santa Clara Convent, and the Santa Catalina Convent and Monastery are yet other cloistered convents. The San Diego Church and Convent are found in the southwest corner of old town Quito, next to the San Diego Cemetery.

 

The modest San Blas Church, is located on the beautifully restored San Blas Plaza at the outskirts of the old city and was originally a church for the indigenous people. Other churches in the periphery of the casco viejo are the El Tejar, San Roque, Santa Barbara, and San Marcos Churches.

 

Basilica vs Church

A basilica is a great Roman Catholic church ordained  by the pope or holy seat for its special spiritual, historical, and/or architectural significance. Basilica is the highest permanent designation for a church building, and once a church is named a basilica, it cannot lose its basilica status. The San Francisco Church and the Basilica de Voto are both famous basilica churches in Quito and the Inmaculada conception Cathedral in Cuenca.

 

The neogothic Basilica de Voto is a nineteenth century church that only was finished at the end of the twentieth century. While its interior is disappointing, the building dominates Quito's skyline offers a magnificent view at sunrise.

 

 

FAMOUS COLONIAL CHURCHES QUITO, ECUADOR WITH PICTURES:

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Santo Domingo Church and ConventALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Convent and Church Santo Domingo

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Santo Domingo Church and Convent

Santo Domingo Church and Convent

 

The Dominicans started to building their Santo Domingo Church in 1580 based on the design and direction of Francisco Becerra. The church was completed in the first half of the seventh century. The main altar is neo-Gothic in style. This was placed in the late eighteen hundreds by Italian Dominicans.

 

 

The roof of the Mudejar style church features paintings of martyrs of the Order of Saint Dominic. The roof of the nave is composed of a pair and knuckle frame, coated inside by pieces of tracery. There is museum on the north side of the lower cloister with pieces of Quito sculptors. To the right of the church is the Rosario Chapel, built over the famous Arco Del La Capilla Del Rosario.

 

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Interior Santo Domingo ChurchALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Golden altar Santo Domingo church

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Capillo del Robo at 24 de Mayo Square

Capilla del Robo on 24 de Mayo Square.

 

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: San Agustin Church

The original San Agustin Church was built in 1573 by the order of the Agustinian Fathers. In 1868 an earthquake destroyed most of the original church and it had to be rebuilt. In 1987 another earthquake severely damaged the church after which it had to be restored again.

 

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Santa Catalina  ConventALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: La Merced Church

Santa Catalina  Convent

 

The convent of the nuns of Santa Catalina de Sena, was founded in 1594 and was moved to its present building in 1613 one of the houses belonging to Lorenzo de Cepeda, a brother of Santa Teresa de Jesus. The original was improved restructured end seventeenth century, and a new roof was added in 1794. A final restoration later on removed much of the ornaments.

 

La Merced Church

 

The original La Merced Church is one block west of the Plaza Central. It was destroyed in an earthquake in 1660 and the construction of a new church started in 1701. The tower was completed in 1736, and the church was dedicated in 1747. Bernardo de Legarda was commissioned to do the main altar piece, in 1751.

 

GOLD CHURCH, QUITO, ECUADOR: Compa?a de Jesus Church, fa?de

GOLD CHURCH, QUITO, ECUADOR: Compa?a de Jesus Church Interior

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Compa?a de Jesus ChurchGOLD CHURCH, QUITO, ECUADOR: The fabulous organ of the Companias de Jesus Church is the most beautiful organ of all of the Americas!

GOLD CHURCH, QUITO, ECUADOR: Compa?a de Jesus Church interior

GOLD CHURCH, QUITO, ECUADOR: Pulpit Compa?a de Jesus Church

GOLD CHURCH, QUITO, ECUADOR: Altar Compa?a de Jusus Church

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Entrance Compa?a de Jesus Church

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Internal main doors Compa?a de Jesus Church

La Compania de Jesus Church or Quito gold church for its golden interior

 

The La Compania de Jesus Church was built between 1605 and 1765 and is one of the most beautiful Baroque style churches in the Americas. It is administered by the Fundacion de la Iglesia de la Compania. The Compania de Jesus churches in South America are Jesuit churches and can also be found in Lima and Arequipa.

 

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Carmen Alto Convent

Carmen Alto Convent

 

The old Carmen Alto convent was established in 1653 in the house that had belonged to Santa Mariana de Jesus and was built after the plans of Jesuit brother Marcos Guerrafor the church and the monastery. It has some fine colonial sculptures: An enormous group of the Transition of the Virgin, with polychrome carvings by Bernardo de Legarda of the Virgin lying down, watched by the apostles. The Nativity contains some wonderful statutes by Legarda. To the left of the church is the entrance of the museum belonging to the convent.

 

 

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: San Juan Chapel, Museum of the city of Quito

Capilla de San Juan

The Capilla de San Juan is part of the Museum of Quito, the former San Juan Hospital. Beautifully restored, this museum gives a great impression of the history of Quito from its colonial days until the present. Also see our page on other Museums in Ecuador.

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: National Cathedral, enterior

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: National Cathedral

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Fa?de National Cathedral

 

The Cathedral of Quito, Catedral Metropolitana or National Cathedral on the south side of the Plaza de La Independencia, is one of the largest colonial churches of Ecuador. Its construction began in 1562, 17 years after the creation of the diocese of Quito(1545), and it was completed in 1806, during the administration of President of the Real Audiencia, Baron Francisco Luis Hector de Carondelet.

 

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Guapulo Church

Left: The Guapulo Church, lies outside of old Town Quito at a lower elevation. It no longer is in use as a church but makes up part of the many splendid Museums in Ecuador.

 

Left bottom: Santa Clara Church.

 

Right bottom: Santa Catalina Church.

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Santa Clara Churchr

SANTA BARBERA CHURCH, QUITO

A less dramatic and yet charming church is the Santa Clara Church and monastery.

 

The Santa Barbara Church is less spectacular than the more famous churches, but still makes part of the many classical churches of Quito.

 

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: San Blas Church.

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Plaza San Blas with playing children statues.

San Blas Church.

 

Another overlooked treasure is the San Blas Church at the tastefully restored San Blas Plaza at the Northern fringes of Old Town Quito. Rarely visited by foreigners, it is a quiet oases.

 

FAMOUS HISTORIC CHURCHES IN QUITO, ECUADOR + PICTURES: SAN DIEGO CHURCH, QUITOFAMOUS HISTORIC CHURCHES IN QUITO, ECUADOR + PICTURES: EL SAGRARIO CHURCH, QUITO

The San Diego Church is part of the Centro Cultural  complex in Quito.

El Sagrario Church is in the same building complex as the National Cathedral, and seemingly making part of it.

 

SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH, QUITO, AT NIGHTCONCEPCION CHURCH AND MONASTERY, QUITO

San Agustin Church at night.

Concepcion Church and Monastery at dawn.

 

 

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: San Fransisco ChurchALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: San Fransisco Convent & Museum

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: San Fransisco Church, InteriorALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: San Fransisco Church, interior, ceiling

The San Francisco Basilica  (top left) and Convent (top right) which also includes the Buena Ventura Chapel, yet another chapel in the main basica

 

The San Francisco Church and Convent is a lavish building with a fantastic interior and a highly decorative interior roof at the balcony.

 

CATU? CHAPEL, QUITO

To the left of the San Francisco Church is the Catuna Chapel at the premises of the main church complex.

 

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: TEJAR CHURCH, QUITOALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: SAN ROQUE CHURCH, QUITO

The Tejar Church is a small and more recent church, a few blocs form the main square.

The San Roque Church also is one of more recent and less significant churches.

 

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: Basilica del Voto

ALL 27 FAMOUS QUITO CHURCHES: ADDRESS & 100 PIX: National Basilica del Voto

The Basilica del Voto Nacional is a large neo-Gothic building in Ecuador whose construction started in the 18hundreds and was finished late last century. It can be considered as the last of the historic churches in old town Quito. Proposed by Padre Julio Matovelle, deputy de la Republic, its construction was decreed by president Luis Cordero. It is the last of famous historic churches of Quito.

 

While churches reflect the highlights of the architectonical history of Ecuador, for the smaller historic objects, one needs to visit the fabulous Museums in Ecuador. One should also not forget that there still is an incredible amount of living art in Ecuador, which you should not forget to visit. Read more: Art and Craft in Ecuador.

 

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For detailed information on climate and weather conditions read: climate of Cuenca, Ecuador; climate Galapagos Islands in Ecuador; climate in the Amazon of Ecuador and climate of Ecuador. If you want to learn more about the country, read Ecuador Facts and Culture.

 

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