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San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)

Plaza San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador
02 211124
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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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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

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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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

While in Quito, it was recommended that we visit the San Francisco Church while touring the old city. We've been to many a cathedral in Italy and other countries in Europe so this one is not quite at that level, however.... it was a thing of beauty ...with the gold leaf throughout the inside of the church. We likely should... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Not much from the outside, unexpected on the inside.. Nothing compared to European grand churches, but nonevent less, if your in Quito it's on the list

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Tel Aviv
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Of the Quito churches the San Francisco one seemed very plastic-y to me. It wasn't very exciting and would use a renovation. As it is free you can of course head in if you are around and see what it has to offer. Interesting tip - below the church there is a store in the (what looks like) catacombs. The... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

A church service was being held during our visit. The music was lovely. The church is breathtakingly beautiful. No charge for entrance.

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U.S.A.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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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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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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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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