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Iglesia San Roque - Historical Building Quito - Ecuador

Tucked away in the bustling back streets of Quito's Centro Histórico, among the cevicherias and traditional tiendas, sits the understated Iglesia San Roque. A white-washed colonial building first constructed in 1596, this pretty church was added to throughout the 20th century but retains its original character and quiet charm. By no means outstanding in comparison to other churches in the area, San Roque is nonetheless worth a peek if you are passing by. If the church door is locked, it is possible to ask in the adjacent office for a free tour (in Spanish) of the interior. The walls host carefully painted religious symbols in light colors, while a proud picture of the “Nuestra Signora de la Borradora” hangs opposite the painting of San Roque himself. The church's congregation helps to donate food and clothes to the poor each Sunday, and on May 11th to 13th special festivities are held in the courtyard to celebrate the Virgin. It is only open until noon on Wednesdays.


Ca. Rocafuerte and Chimborazo

Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

Historical Building Types:
Churches, Colonial architecture, Churches and religious buildings, Spiritual/Religious

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Wednesday 6:30 a.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday noon and 5 p.m., Wednesday noon

Travel Skills: None

Contact Information:
Phone: 02-228-1585

Here are other activities in and around Centro Histórico that may be of interest: Palacio del Gobierno, San Agustín - Museum and Monastery, Hotel Plaza Grande (formerly Majestic Hotel), Iglesia San Diego, Iglesia San Marcos, Monasterio de San Francisco, La Basílica del Voto Nacional, La Compañía, Iglesia de la Catedral (The Cathedral) and Iglesia de Santa Bárbara .

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