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World's Coolest Ceilings

© Milla Kontkanen / Alamy

Look out above! The world’s coolest ceilings crop up in some unexpected places.

La Compañía de Jesús, Ecuador

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Building began on this Jesuit church in Quito in 1605 and didn’t finish for another 160 years. But the glorious result features a sun on the dome of the ceiling—an attempt by the Spanish to entice the indigenous population to come to church by using an Incan symbol. Natural sunlight plays off the (literally) tons of gold leaf that cover the symmetrical Moorish geometric carvings on the vaulted ceiling and the paintings of saints and holy figures on the dome.

World's Coolest Ceilings

La Compañía de Jesús, Ecuador

Building began on this Jesuit church in Quito in 1605 and didn’t finish for another 160 years. But the glorious result features a sun on the dome of the ceiling—an attempt by the Spanish to entice the indigenous population to come to church by using an Incan symbol. Natural sunlight plays off the (literally) tons of gold leaf that cover the symmetrical Moorish geometric carvings on the vaulted ceiling and the paintings of saints and holy figures on the dome.

© Milla Kontkanen / Alamy
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