La Compania de Jesus The Jesuit Church in Quito (La Compania de Jesus) has the reputation of being the most beautiful church in Ecuador. Construction started in 1605 and went on for 163 years. Seven tons of gold were used to gild the walls, ceilings and altars inside! In 1767 the Jesuits were expelled from the Royal Audience of Quito and the church was turned over to the Camillo Friars in 1850. The Jesuits were allowed to return in 1860.
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