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San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)

Plaza San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador
02 211124
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Ranked #9 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

It was a beautiful church with lots of lovely artisanship. It is extremely ornate and covered everywhere with carvings that are, themselves, covered in gold leaf. The effect is stunning – not only when you walk in the door, but as you walk around the church. I was sorry they would not allow photographs as looking at photographs helps remember... More

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Olympia, WA
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19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Founded in the 16th century the colorful inside is worth more than a few minutes of investigation. You do not have to be Catholic to appreciate the history and the investment of time and energy to make this church what it is today. It is free to visit and it is well worth a visit, just a few minutes above... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The inside of this church is amazing and it is free to go in and take a look. They say you can take a picture but just don't use flash. I am not into churches but thought that the inside was worth a look.

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Bolton, Connecticut
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We visited the church during mass, and were still able to look around. Incredibly ornate and ostentatious given the gold and glitter not to mention euro-centric art and statues which demonstrates the influence of power and $ historically. Great urban legend that it was built in one night by el diablo?!

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Edison, New Jersey
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Its hard to describe how beautiful the church is and pictures don't do it justice. It is really stunning.

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Martin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Great tour of area, beautiful courtyard and church. Make sure you don't wait too late in the day to go.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is indeed the most iconic and representative place in the Colonial City of Quito. Full of history, it is said that this is the actual place where this city was founded by the legendary and magnificent Incas. They looked and found an strategic place to defend their empire, a place that would be difficult to access. Centuries later the... More

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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This church is much prettier inside and outside than the more highly rated La Compana de Jesus. Of course you will want to visit both of them and more. I especially liked the vivid colors in this church. There were also many alcoves with scenes depicting special events. There is no admission charge to visit.

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Washington, DC
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is the oldest church in Quito and contains Legadra's iconic La Virgen de Quito, which is reproduced everywhere, including the enormous version on El Panecillo, which can be seen from almost anywhere in the historic part of the city. The painted wood sculptures and the silver alter piece are exquisite. There are also several examples of outstanding tile work... More

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Right in the heart of old Quito. I believe about 15 monks still live there. Nice to check out. RIght off the plaza so easy in and out. Built in the early 1500's.

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