Church of the Society of Jesus
The Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús (Church of the Society of Jesus, also known as La Compañía) is a Jesuit church located in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador. This is one of the most famous churches in the Ecuadorian capital because of its great nave, richly decorated with gold leaf, plaster and wood carving, and was modeled after the churches of Jesus and St. Ignatius in Rome. Latin American Baroque style, the building has a nave with obvious Arabic influence and also presents works by artists from art school in Quito. During the colonial period, the structure had a tower of considerable height, but fell as a result of the earthquakes of 1859 and 1868. Today, the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús is one of the most important works of baroque architecture in South America and is a must for anyone who goes on a visit to Quito.