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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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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

If you like the old hispanic architected and the historic athmosphere of the old city this visit is for you

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

You cannot come to Quito and miss this: the church, choir and monastery grounds are amazing. The church's interior is very beautiful, very impressive. Certainly a jewel. Go to the choir room upstairs: the moorish-influenced ceiling is gorgeous. and the view to the church below from there breathtaking. although there are different styles and periods mixed in, it is a... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The church and monastery of St. Francis also known as Monasterio de San Francisco. It is located in the plaza and stands as the predominant building structures that you first see (in front of the statue). The church, its antiquity represents an important role for Quito's history. Stop by.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The church is nice and large with some beautiful decorations. Our highlight was visiting the monestary where the girl at the ticket counter gave us a great tour of the place (in a decent English even of she didn't think so herself :-)), we only had some 20 minutes as we wanted to be at the Plaza Grande for the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Admission is free. Many small cafes in the immediate area. Lots of small craft shops also. Close to Independence Square. Very easy to get taxis in and out of area.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The church includes a monastery, hospital and a new cafe. You wind your way around rooms to learn the history and about the earliest Europeans to settle here. The nuns took care of the sick and there is re-creation of medical treatment at this time. It also includes recreations of life in the late 1500s in Quito.

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