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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
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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First Church in the City

We return here each time we are in Quito. This was the first church in Quito, built over 150 years. It sits on the unimpressive square of the same name, but the church is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We return here each time we are in Quito. This was the first church in Quito, built over 150 years. It sits on the unimpressive square of the same name, but the church is gorgeous. The church, monastery, etc. it takes up 40,000 square meters. It is estimated there are 3,500 pieces of artwork throughout. Sometimes, you can get away... More 

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Cesena, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

another great example of colonial art. this old and impressive church is very close to the main square, free entry, worth a visit

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Medellin, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The church is under renovation so you cant really see all of the beauty but what you can see it mouth dropping.

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

A nice church but it is best seen from the choir loft and visit the cloister on the way to the loft. Good colonial grand church

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St Marys, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We toured this church with private guide but weren't allowed to take photos--interesting other contributors could as we would have enjoyed having a few of the interior. We found it and the museum very interesting and enjoyed learning the history.The church is located on the main Plaza with restaurants and shops around the area. Street vendors too

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Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This may be the oldest church in Ecuador, started one month after the Spaniards came in 1535. It sits on top of the incline of San Francisco Plaza, taking up one whole side of the square, and I understand goes beyond with convents and chapels. It is an imposing sight, yet from the outside, in stone and stucco, it looks... More 

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Santa Elena Province, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This a beautiful ancient building and square, mainly in stone, in which you can also enjoy of the traditional coffee shops offer nearby, a well as typical food on the street and in restaurants, very traditional and beautiful place, only warning is that by night the around neighbourhoods are not safe, so it is better to take a cab to... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I enjoyed the interior of the beautiful church but the art and history in the museum were very much worth a visit. The empanadas at the cafe on the plaza were delicious!

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We went into the church and were pleasantly surprised that a mass had recently begun. So we stayed for the rest of the mass and afterward took a detailed walk inside and took a lot of photos of the wonderfully decorated church. Very historical

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

there is a big renovation going on but it is worth to visit this church. Location is in the middle of the historic center. Safe place to visit.

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