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San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)

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Address: Plaza San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador
Phone Number: 02 211124
Description: Established in 1536 by Franciscan monks, this magnificent architectural...
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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Interesting and pretty, but not something I would do as a stand alone attraction. Worth a visit, but may be not a lot of time

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Centennial, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

If you have never seen this style of church, you must come to this one because they let you take pictures without a flash. The church is currently being renovated so by the time the Pope comes, it will be stunning. If you want a quiet church, go to Compania.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

This church is getting a much needed renovation. It is beautiful and I hope they keep it up after all the work is done.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Interesting and pretty, but not something I would do as a stand alone attraction. Worth a visit, but may be not a lot of time

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Very impressive church, but not quite as awe inspiring as St Ignatius down the street. If you have time to do both, by all means do so...

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Others have written lovely reviews which were quite accurate. The first church built by the conquistadors, it is quite impressive. Be aware that the church is presently under renovations which have significantly blocked off parts of the interior. Even with that. it's worth the visit. We asked and were told pictures were ok if discrete and not of the worshipers.... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

You think that if you've seen one church you've seen them all, but not really. Quito seems to have quite an inventory of churches that not only have a lot of history, but are extremely intricate in their design and architecture. This is another one. The main square in front provides a lot of opportunity for photos, gatherings or to... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This was the highlight of the old colonial town for us. The interior of the church was magnificent and the courtyards were lovely. The art exhibit on the history of the Franciscans was interesting. Visiting here really gave a sense of the colonial history of the capitol.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

one could truly see the European influence here. Compare this to the Inca buildings. You might be surprised as to the attention to details.

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Columbus OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Despite the ongoing renovations, this church is just lovely. A must see. It seemed to be OK to take photos discretely. The day I was there, the plaza outside the church was full of life with a concert and other activities.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We return here each time we are in Quito. This was the first church in Quito, built over 150 years. It sits on the unimpressive square of the same name, but the church is gorgeous. The church, monastery, etc. it takes up 40,000 square meters. It is estimated there are 3,500 pieces of artwork throughout. Sometimes, you can get away... More 

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