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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
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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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Uplifting, gold and glorious paintings

My first night in Quito I was staying at the beautiful Casa Gangotena. Stepping outside the front door I was just a few yards from the San Francisco Church. With the light fading... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Sydney, Australia

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My first night in Quito I was staying at the beautiful Casa Gangotena. Stepping outside the front door I was just a few yards from the San Francisco Church. With the light fading I entered the church and was overwhelmed by the glory of gold streaming from the altar. The priest's voice echoed from the sanctuary to the congregation of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

When I was there, was beginning the celebration. I have the opportunity to stay in the "misa". Very simple and beautiful.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Beautiful and free entry not like some of the other churches. Was nice to just sit and watch people come and go. The Are and decor is amazing and nice and cool inside on a hot afternoon.

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Armonk
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We came, we saw, we left... didn't leave an impression. Not sure i would bother going in even if it was free, and it isn't. But if you have the time, it's in the main square so pop in.

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Lockport, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Besides the church being so lavish, the plaza outside is a great place to people watch. Very vibrate.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Just go and enjoy for the beauty and craftsmanship - even if you have no particular religious traditions. If you do, I expect you are already on your way in Quito.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Plethora of churches in Quito, some even attached to each other. Beautiful decoration and their history interesting but you do get "churched" out. Good cafe in square though to refresh you.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My husband and I recently visited Quito's old town with a tour group and we stopped at the San Francisco Church (Monastery). The church was very impressive looking on the inside. One of the things it's known for is its pipe organs, there are two. We were taken to the pipe organ room which overlooks the inside of the church.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Both the plaza out front (people watching, particularly on Saturday) and the Church is worth a stop. The church is stunning inside and has some great rooms off to the side. Take your time within the church and surroundings.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

One of the most interesting churches in Quito. Lots of gold and colour and fantastic ceilings. Side altars with intricate detail and very typically Spanish colonial.

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