El Sagrario
El Sagrario
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Located around the corner of Plaza Independencia, this magnificent building was originally built as the Cathedral’s chapel and is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Quito.
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK791 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Very few people visit this church compared to the Jesus Compania one but they are missing out. It is not as blingtastic as others but the interior of painted pillars and domed ceilings is still beautiful to see and it does have a high golden altar.
It is in the main plazza area and is free to enter (just be careful there is no service in progress) and well worth a look.
Written 19 June 2023
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Around the corner from Grande Plaza Catedral Metropolitana this is much better with a lovely main altar and beautiful side altars. A working church there are regular services every two hours in the mornings, 8, 10, 12 so visit after allowing an hour for each of these services.
Written 13 February 2023
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
La Iglesia de El Sagrario ("Church of the Sanctuary" or "Church of the Shrine") is a large 17th-century chapel. It is adjacent to, and attached to, the 16th-century Quito Cathedral, but is generally accessed separately. It is located in the historic center of the city, on Calle Garcia Moreno (formerly De las Siete Cruces), a few meters from the corner of Calle Eugenio Espejo. It is a part of the whole of the Cathedral complex, although it seems more an independent church than an attached chapel, both due to its size and to its importance in the Quiteño imagination.
Written 12 January 2022
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Nicki E
Illinois514 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Beautiful, serene church with more painted surfaces than gilt Free to enter. Note: if wearing a hat, you'll be asked to take it off upon entrance.
Written 10 October 2021
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,604 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
This is such a unique and beautiful looking church. The interior is mostly decorated with gold, and the outside is very Gothic looking!
Written 22 January 2021
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
This is a church which is literally adjacent to the Metropolitan Cathedral. I found it to be more imposing and richer in decoration than the cathedral. It’s beautiful altar stand outs along with a nice and airy dome and a blue ceiling. It feels so different from the cathedral. I would call to your attention the intricately carved massive doors in the rear of the church. Another church in Quito that you should visit.
Written 27 February 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,974 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Perhaps not obvious due to its size, but it is a chapel, part of the cathedral complex. Completed in 1715 it is probably most well-known to locals for containing the remains of marshal Sucre, hero of the struggle for independence against Spain. The elaborate decoration of the interior of the chapel is exemplary. Note the gate structure immediately after entering.

El Sagrario in English means 'The Sanctuary'.
Written 16 January 2020
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chudamani19
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Very beautiful, so extravagant. It is hard to beleive there is poverty outside. Next to the cathedral, you would not expect to have 2 churches joined together.
Written 16 June 2019
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pacificaamanda
Pacifica, CA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We were lucky enough to see a wedding party gathering outside. We followed them in and watched part of the service in this beautiful building
Written 5 April 2019
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Next door to the cathedral is Iglesia de El Sagrario, another beautifully ornate church with a lot of gold decorations, as well as what is probably the squeakiest wooden floors known to man. It was began in 1657 and completed half a century later. The walls and ceiling of the short nave are painted to stimulate marble. Impressive paintings and stain glass windows decorate the centre cupola.

Iglesia San Francisco was also beautifully decked out in gold and had beautiful altars.

This 17th-c church was once part of the nearby cathedral. It's a mishmash of different architectural styles, from baroque to neoclassical. The Solomonic columns on the outside are both Ionic and Gothic. Inside, you can see the Moorish influence in the painted domes, with their striking frescos.
Written 1 April 2019
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