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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

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Address: Quito, Ecuador
Description: Once serving as a lively commercial center during pre-Columbian times...
Once serving as a lively commercial center during pre-Columbian times, this large cobbled square is dominated by the enormous Iglesia de San Francisco and the monastery of the same name.
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Plaza San Francisco, Quito, Ecuador

The architecture is fascinating. Old Quito is a mix of Castilian and moorish architecture. The old buildings and catholic churches in stone construction are to me a highlight. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The architecture is fascinating. Old Quito is a mix of Castilian and moorish architecture. The old buildings and catholic churches in stone construction are to me a highlight. I enjoy sitting at a small cafe at the foot of one of the catholic church houses there and watching the indigenous Kichwas go about there business as this section of the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I love this special place with such history and you feel like you are back in the day. It is clean and filled with visitors. It is a must see and if you have time go to Casa Gangotena for a meal or spend the night.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Fabulous square with a huge area to enjoy. We visited twice and there was a concert one time and music and entertainment the other time. A lot of energy and activity.

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Walking the streets of the historic center we found Plaza San Francisco, it is right in front of the first catholic church in the city. Definitely one of the most beautiful places in old town

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This place is amazing. Takes you back in the history and looks like time has stopped because many people around in that area are still living in 19th century. Enjoy the place but be careful of your surroundings and keep your valuables close to you if you do not want to loose them.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

After touring the Church of San Francisco we spent some time on the Plaza checking out the locals. Lots of activity in this area with tourists and the local people sort of blending in, although it's pretty easy to distinguish who's who. But, be careful as our guide told us that pickpockets frequent this area because of unsuspecting tourists who... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is the first church of Quito, on a grand plaza and surrounded by many other church's. It has a lot of wood carvings all gold leafed and paintings,little alcoves for prayers and confessions. Massive wood doors.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

You have to go here to just see how the local people dress and it is near the churches. The tress are huge and are very old.

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Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Plaza de San Francisco is a large cobblestone square with no trees or shrubs, and few places to sit. Plaza Grande (Independence Square) is more attractive in terms of people, activity, greenery, and cleanliness. But rather than perceive San Francisco Plaza in its current form surrounded by shops and populated by many street vendors and pigeons, it should be judged... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

One needs to distinguish between the square itself, which is one large open space that is not very interesting or exciting. However, if you are taking the church into consideration, it is a different story. The church is a gorgeous addition to the square, but without it, the square would be nothing to look at. All over Ecuador, you will... More 

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Address: Address: Quito, Ecuador
Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Pichincha Province  >  Quito

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