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San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)

Plaza San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador
02 211124
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Ranked #8 of 103 attractions in Quito
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
Owner description: Established in 1536 by Franciscan monks, this magnificent architectural masterpiece features a museum in its convent with art from the sixteenth and... more » Owner description: Established in 1536 by Franciscan monks, this magnificent architectural masterpiece features a museum in its convent with art from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. « less
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Wollongong, Australia
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Apparently the oldest church in the Americas, it seems the Spanish recycled some the Inca's gold. its quite stunning and definitely worth the stop off. There is a lovely peaceful courtyard in the Museum section.

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Zhanjiang, China
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

The Iglesia de San Francisco is a beautiful church. You are not allowed to take pictures inside but there are so many beautiful things to see. The Plaza in front of the church is a fantastic place to sit down and watch the local people going about their lives.

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San Diego, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is one of the preserved churches in Quito and the exterior, although currently in repair, is amazing. The detail work will astound you.

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Bogota, Colombia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

In the rigth side of the church, there is a san francis monastery with a Lot of stories that you should know. There are a Lot of awesome paintings and scultures. You have to pay but is cheap... There is a tour guide that you should take and you only have to pay a tip , if do you want... More

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San Bernardino, CA
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Beautiful intricate carvings, paintings and gold work inside the church. Incredible craftsmanship, too bad they don't allow photography inside. The plaza out front is a great place to people watch.

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Piura
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

If you visit the Churches in the old town in Quito you have to visit San Francisco Church, it is a beautiful church and the plaza is just astonishing. You can visit the museum.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The stairs leading up to the church are very wide, so it is important to look down. This is baroque church's ceilings have an interestingl Moorish design. In the entryway appear images of the sun, which were used to lure the natives of the land to the Christian religion. Throughout the church are combinations of indigenous and Catholic symbols, which... More

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I preferred this to La Compania, I visited on a Sunday. The church was full of fresh flowers and a visiting male choir sang. Beautiful and silent wooden floors!.

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Amazing altar cover in gold. The Whishpering coner an experience. Beautiful inner court yard. Lots of very interesting statues and you can see the famous carving of the Virgen de Quito here.

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Saint John, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This was one of the highlights on our visit to Quito. Truly amazing museum with a very good display of religious art. Our guide was superb. The visit to the church was great. A "must see" in my opinion.

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