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San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)

Address: Plaza San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador
Phone Number: 02 211124
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Ranked #10 of 139 things to do in Quito
Type: Architectural buildings, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Established in 1536 by Franciscan monks, this magnificent architectural masterpiece features a...
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Type: Architectural buildings, Religious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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218 reviews 218 reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We went into the church and were pleasantly surprised that a mass had recently begun. So we stayed for the rest of the mass and afterward took a detailed walk inside and took a lot of photos of the wonderfully decorated church. Very historical

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The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

there is a big renovation going on but it is worth to visit this church. Location is in the middle of the historic center. Safe place to visit.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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74 reviews 74 reviews
43 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

The church was on reconstruction and I couldn't see much. But there is nothing special about it except that it's part of the charming historical centre.

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Florence, Italy
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This church is not in peak shape right now, but still has a wonderful feel to it. Make sure to spend time in it and then go through the monastery next door which includes a side loop into the choir area of the church (from which you get a much better sense of its architectural beauty and the truly sublime... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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41 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

You can't go to Quito and not have a peek inside it's magnificent churches... and this one is not one to miss! Take the time to look at all the paintings, they're really stunning.

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A great value museum is a hidden gem in this building; however, I recommended you take a Spanish guide with you to get the most out of the visit.

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The Villages, Florida
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195 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Went here as part of our tour of the old town. Very beautiful church undergoing lots of external restoration. We could not take pictures inside, but it was worth a a visit.

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The church is under renovation, so be open minded and ready to visit some of the other ones until this very special place is restored.

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Rochester, New York
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

It is an impressive cathedral and worth visiting for the vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows and the remarkable gold leaf applied to seemingly every surface available. Does make you wonder how the clergy and laity spent their time when there was less media distraction. Unfortunately, there was also quite a bit of much needed restoration going on behind protective curtains... More 

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Cleveland, Oh
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Located in the old town (ciudad historica) it is a must see in Quito. The complex, church and convent-museum is in the larger square of Quito and occupies several blocks. The church is a wonderful example of colonial spanish baroque, may be not appropriate to San Francis, but nevertheless breathtaking. Even more interesting is the attached convent, now transformed in... More 

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