"OTHER CHURCHES" Quito Things to Do Tip by swesn

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Other churches of note include:

- La Compania, which has the most ornate and riotously sculptured exterior and interior.

- La Merced, which has Quito's oldest clock and on 23 September, they celebrate the festival of the Virgen de La Merced. I presumed this is celebrated every year. More about the celebrations later in Local Customs.

- La Basilica, this still-under-construction church is located 7 blocks northeast of Plaza de la Independencia. It was apparently modelled after Notre-Dame de Paris, so you will see the usual gargoyles, stained-glass windows, bronze doors, etc... I went during a service and boy, was there a massive crowd going in and coming out. I squeezed in and the entire hall was packed with devotees solemnly holding candles and singing 'hallelujah'. It was an impressive experience.

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  • Written Oct 25, 2007
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