Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Compañia de Jesus Church

The exterior of the church, click here to see more detail.

This is the inner door, after here no pictures are allowed. Again, click on this a few times to see the detail.

February 5, 2011

Today we took Sister Dreason to Old Town, "Centro Historico", to purchase some fabric. She will be leaving in May and wants to have a suit made before she leaves. There are many shops that sell fabric and the selection is awesome. While we were there we visited the Compañia de Jesus Church. This church does not look like much from the outside but is very beautiful inside. They do not allow pictures to be taken inside so you will have to look at the internet to see some pictures. There is 7 tons of gold used to decorated it. The pictures of hell I found quite interesting. It was built by Jesuits in the 17th century and took 160 years to complete. There are 10 side alters, all decorated very lavishly. The remains of Ecuadors patron saint Mariana de Jesús are entombed in the main gold alter.
The site, is pretty good but on this site you have to watch the slide show at the top of the page, it will show you some of the interior this one was the best I found. You can google Friends of Jesus Church Ecuador or Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus Ecuador. None of the sites give a good show of the interior or the art work. If any one finds a good site let me know I've been surfing for several days to find a really good one to refer you too. Trust me it is an awesome church.

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