SANTO DOMINGO CHURCH
Church opens Monday to Friday from 07:00 – 13:00 and 17:00 – 18:45 Fray Pedro Bedón Museum, Monday through Friday from 09:00 – 13:00 and 14:30 – 16:30 Saturday 09:00 – 13:30
Flores Street, Santo Domingo Square
adults $ 3 dollars and $ 1 dollar children, students and seniors..
In charge of the Dominican religious order, occupies a block of space in one of the most important points of the center of the city. It is there since the mid-seventeenth century. Next to the convent, museum and the square that carry this name, it is one of the places that you cannot miss.
Dominated by celestial ceilings and beautiful coffered ceilings, combined with vivacious pink and the golden wood that dominate the Mudejar designs, Santo Domingo has one of the most colorful church interiors. To the right of the main altar is the unforgettable Rococo of the Virgen del Rosario chapel. In scarlet and gold leaf, this striking altarpiece is a true visual pleasure. The Rosario Virgin was a gift of Charles V at the time of the colony to the church of Santo Domingo and today has one of the most beautiful chapels in the city. Its carved cedar wood and alder, bathed in gold leaf, with polychrome backgrounds, reveal two doors that give way to the “Remarquín de la Virgen”, a room where the flowers, ornaments and clothing that has been given are placed to the religious for her strong devotees. These gifts reveal not only the love for the virgin herself, but the passionate Quiteño habit of dressing (and dressing well) for this icon of devotion. The place overflows with velvet clothes that the virgin does not manage to exhibit all. Into this place is only allowed the entry of the sacristan.
The Fray Pedro Bedón Museum
From 1586, Fray Pedro Bedón lived and worked in the church, where his artistic legacy began. The museum offers a general view of the best of colonial religious art, showing the techniques and cultural syncretism of important icons and manger.
A little history
When you approach the Historical Center from the south of the city, you will be greeted by a beautiful tower adorned with an elegant clock, which is part of the fascinating complex of Santo Domingo. Historically, this square was the entrance to Quito, where you could find the famous “cajoneras”, sellers of linen products and the traditional rag dolls.
The construction of the church and monastery itself began in 1581 and constitutes one of the most important religious structures of the city. In 1880, the fortunes of this church changed radically. A group of Italian priests arrived in the city with the aim of modernizing the cult. In their desire to “develop”, they decided to update the image of Santo Domingo: they changed the color, modified the pictorial themes and even the baroque altarpieces. They made functional reforms which met the requirements of a new idea of worship imposed by Europeans. Now we have a church with three neoclassical painting, and a ceiling full of color on Mudejar style.