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Address: Gabriel Garcia Moreno y Espejo, Quito 170150, Ecuador

Located around the corner of Plaza Independencia, this magnificent building...

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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My Favorite FREE Church in Quito!

It looks small from outside, but it is big inside. The mass was going on when I arrived. The priest was talking slowly so I could follow what was going on (with my limited... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2016
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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

It looks small from outside, but it is big inside. The mass was going on when I arrived. The priest was talking slowly so I could follow what was going on (with my limited Spanish). The main altar is made of gold, with intricate designs. The same is true with the other altars located on both right and left sides... More 

Thank LolaGo1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2016

This is my favorite church in Quito! La Compania de Jesus is nice but it is a shame you cannot take photos inside. The ones I took inside El Sagrario turned out lovely. Fine details all around. Not as well known as La Compania or the Basilica but I enjoyed it more.

1 Thank GlobalSpanishTravel
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016

This structure is adjacent to, and attached to, the 16th century Quito Cathedral, but is generally accessed separately. 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.

1 Thank DrWJW
Joplin, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Not only can you visit this church for free, you can attend noon Mass on weekdays. There will be several street vendors who want you to purchase things as you near the church. The church is small and has wooden floors. There is a very prominent veneration of Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. That means that several people come to pray... More 

1 Thank 200nightsontheroad
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2015

As others have stated, La Iglesia de El Sagrario (Church of the Sanctuary) is often overlooked by the guided tours. I was part of a tour group but spent our free day in Quito walking the streets of Old Town. I came upon El Sagrario and was very impressed by the beauty of this small chapel. Although I did not... More 

1 Thank Roobydoo5
Raleigh NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Located beside the Cathedral, this church is often overlooked by the tours and guidebooks. Started in 1617, it is a 17th century chapel with beautiful altar pieces. It was one of my favorite in old town, and worth taking a few minutes to see.

1 Thank LakeIslandGirl
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

worth stopping by to check out the interesting woodwork and art pieces. This church was the traditional church to visit for Quiteños living in the downtown

Thank Carlos S
Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed 10 November 2012

iT IS A JEWEL, smaller than the other churches but yet, as precious as the other ones, the altars, the entrance door is just ravishing, the colonial decoration, the gold leaf altars, every corner is just as beautiful as the best cathedrals of the world.


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