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San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)

Plaza San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador
02 211124
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Ranked #8 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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San Francisco, California
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138 reviews 138 reviews
42 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Colorado Springs
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10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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71 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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4 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

San Francisco was the first church built in Quito. It is important baroque church. The ceilings have a beautiful Moorish design, In the entryway you will notice images of the sun, which were used to lure indigenous people to the Christian religion.

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Wollongong, Australia
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Apparently the oldest church in the Americas, it seems the Spanish recycled some the Inca's gold. its quite stunning and definitely worth the stop off. There is a lovely peaceful courtyard in the Museum section.

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Zhanjiang, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The Iglesia de San Francisco is a beautiful church. You are not allowed to take pictures inside but there are so many beautiful things to see. The Plaza in front of the church is a fantastic place to sit down and watch the local people going about their lives.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is one of the preserved churches in Quito and the exterior, although currently in repair, is amazing. The detail work will astound you.

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

In the rigth side of the church, there is a san francis monastery with a Lot of stories that you should know. There are a Lot of awesome paintings and scultures. You have to pay but is cheap... There is a tour guide that you should take and you only have to pay a tip , if do you want... More

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San Bernardino, CA
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7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Beautiful intricate carvings, paintings and gold work inside the church. Incredible craftsmanship, too bad they don't allow photography inside. The plaza out front is a great place to people watch.

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