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Santo Domingo Church, Quito

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Standing grandly over a broad plaza, Santo Domingo Church represents one of Quito's most important religious structures. Dominicans built the original structure in 1540, which Italian priests later modified in the 19th century; the result is a visible mixture of styles throughout. Standing outside, notice the Baroque church tower, featuring the city clock; step inside to see both neoclassical and Baroque art pieces accenting the interior, including sumptuous gold-leaf woodwork. Look for the famous sculpture of Virgen del Rosario, as well as artwork from the Quito School of Art. Combine your visit with a stroll around the square. Take a look at our Quito itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Santo Domingo Church and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • You could really feel and see the history in this place and a great view from the roof. It's not a long and boring visit and is free. I do recommend you have a guide take you to give you the full expl...  more »
  • This is a must see when you visit this city, a beautfull church insede and out. The place is kid of dirty.  more »
  • Another closed church - Trip adviser is way out of date for much of quito and went twice to this church and is out of date. Area on one side has hookers all around waiting for business and other side ...  more »
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  • A must visit place if you come to Quito
  • Interesting.
  • It is a beautiful church. The interior is very nice. The square which has front is wonderful.
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  • Very pretty, just n/has the high ceiling but it's big on the inside.
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  • ince 1.586 worked in Santo Domingo fray Pedro Bedon, who can be taken by the founder of the Quito School of painting. For Church and convent the virtuous Friar carved and painted works that still can be admired, such as oil of San Nicolás de Tolentino, or the high relief of the blessed Reginaldo receiving the scapular of Dominic, from the hands of the Virgin Mary, precious polychrome gold. Other sizes of Church, chapels and Dominican convent remind us established Quito popular devotions. Displays the work of Caspicara, birth with the child lying, sweet and deep asleep, the Virgin and St. Joseph keeping his dream, tender and absorbed. For the construction of the Church was used on the walls of calicanto, brick and lime, the foundation-stone and wood floors, coffered ceilings and covered. For the imperabilizacion of covers has been used modern materials. The style of the environment, is a mixture of neo-classical and Mannerist expressed in surrounding buildings and the surrounding Plaza de Santo Domingo, the same that constitute an urban element that allows you to visualize and highlight this building.
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