La Merced Convent in Quito
The church of La Merced dates from the XVI century. The original structure was modified in XVIII, since the earthquakes had caused serious damages in the construction of the temple. It is located between the streets: Cuenca, Mejía, Imbabura and Chile.
In La Merced, art is shaped in wonderful oil paintings in fabric of the artist Víctor Mideros, who emphasizes in religious subjects. A beautiful English clock of 1817, installed in 1820, decorates the tower of the church. The infrastructure of the convent maintains its original appearance, conserving its the brickwork.
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Saturday: 9h00 - 11h00
Sunday: 6h00 - 13h00
The Quito Metropolitan Cathedral
The Cathedral church is one of the religious symbols of great importance and spiritual value, situated in the south flank of the Independence Plaza. Its construction began in 1562 and it was culminated in 1806.
In this church they are buried the mortal remains of Mariscal Sucre, and of several Presidents of the Republic, as well as those of bishops and priests. There are wonderful night tours in which you can get to the top of the church's highest dome, where you can discover the legends and mystery of "The Cathedral Rooster" (Gallo de la Cathedral). It is an unforgettable experience!
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San Diego Convent in Quito
In this convent works the Recoleta of the Franciscan's Cleric since the end of XVI century. In the XVII century, Friar Manuel Almeida lived in this place, if you like to discover his legend visit the following link, Friar Almeida. On August 16th of 1868 a fierce earthquake that destroyed the city of Ibarra and affected the city of Quito, injured very badly the convent of San Diego.
The reconstruction had to be financed with the sale of several lands that belonged to the destroyed convent of Otavalo and with the direct aid of the National Government. The restoration of the convent of San Diego was in charge of three organizations: the Central bank of Ecuador, the Franciscan Community and the Direction of National Artistic Patrimony of the House of the Culture.
One of the pieces of greater artistic quality of convent is the pulpit, decorated with small sculptures that formed a beautiful structure.
La Compañía Church SI in Quito
It is located between the streets García Moreno and Antonio Jose de Sucre. The construction of this church began in 1605, and it took 160 years. The work was made by natives who carefully shaped the baroque style in one of the most complete examples of the art in America.
The church was closed for 40 years in 1767, a cause of the expulsion of the Jesuits of the country. Its design was inspired in the Gesu's Church, of Rome, and their columns are a copy of the ones created by Bernini in the Vatican. In its interior, we found beautiful altarpieces, and pulpits covered with gold. Its facade is a real jewel, with symbols and figures in its entire frontal wall. You will be enchanted to discover "La Compania´s" mystery.
Inmaculada Conception Convent in Quito
The convent of the Immaculate Conception was funded in 1577 by nine nuns. This temple, belongs to the Franciscan Order, it is considered one of oldest of the city of Quito, and famous for its ample space and magnificent facilities.
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