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San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)

Plaza San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador
02 211124
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$87*
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Quito City with Lunch
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$29*
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Half Day Quito City Tour
92%
Ranked #6 of 99 Attractions in Quito
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It's a working church covered in gold. Absolutely beautiful. Go, take pictures, enjoy the majesty. Completely free and worth every minute you spend inside no matter how long you are there.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Nice church but seen one seen them all! Too much gold for my liking. The restaurant out front is very nice for lunch.

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Trondheim Municipality, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Visit this one church and you will know how most of them looks like on the inside. Well worth visiting. The square in front also holds some good and cheap restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Very beautiful architecture. Worth the trip especially toward dusk when the lighting is especially lovely.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This church has a rather ordinary exterior but the interior is very ornate. There is a lot of gold leaf. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

When I visited, there was a festival outside. The tour guides were nice, but didn't speak English well. The first time I went I was with a group of only English speakers. I went back and requested a Spanish tour which was much more in depth and interesting. Tours are so inexpensive and readily available that I would suggest a... More

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State Road, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The church of San Francisco is one of the oldest in South America. Its decoration is amazingly Spanish baroque. It is difficult to take in all the decoration, statutes, carvings and so on. The church shows its age and there was some restoration going on when we were there (didn't detract from the impact at all). In the plaza by... More

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Marlow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is yet another stunning church in Ecuador and was one of my favorites with a beautiful interior. I was struck by the elaborately expensive interior and the contrast with the beggars outside on the steps. I couldn't help wondering how many could be fed if just some of the treasures were sold!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Don't be deceived by the external appearances, the interior is simply breathtaking. The Franciscans may have taken a vow of poverty but there is nothing modest and understated about this church.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This church is beautiful and full of gold. Supposedly the gold was given to the church so it would not be taken back to Spain by the Spanish. Once the Spanish left, and given the local poverty level, why didn't the church redistribute some of the wealth.

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