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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #20 of 99 Attractions in Quito
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: Once serving as a lively commercial center during pre-Columbian times, this large cobbled square is...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: 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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chicago
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

The plaza is really large, and surprisly, not too many people there. After visiting the church, head to the catacombs/gift shop/cafe. Really cool place to pick up local crafts at museum prices. Our guide said they were old catacombs and the cool humidity is a nice refresher.

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Holladay, Utah
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

No much compared to the Grande Plaza, but worth the time to visit. A few street vendors selling trinkets - one fellow was selling pocket combs! Also, there were a few beggars (mostly older ladies) - carry a few $1 coins in your pocket for these unfortunate folks. Not many tourists.

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Richards Bay, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Walking from the Basilica toward the Angel on the Hill, one comes across San Francisco Plaza. Nothing out of the ordinary, but has a great little restaurant to take a rest and enjoy a light meal and something to quench the thirst.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Besides the San Francisco Church, the museum is also worth visiting. Tianguez which is a café and a souvenirs store is also beautiful. The merchandises are a little pricey, but the store is worth visiting.

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Attard, Malta
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

It is one of our favorite places in the city. Just walking about and enjoying the impressive buildings, including one of the most famous hotels in the world, Casa Gangotena, ranked 6th in the world. We stayed here for a few days during our second visit to Quito. We felt safe here

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Boston, MA
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a busy and bustling plaza, filled with people waiting for buses, going to church, selling fruit, feeding pigeons or just sitting in the sun. The San Francisco monastery, chapel and convent are well worth visiting, but the plaza is a major neighborhood gathering place and a fun place to spend some time.

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Toledo, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Maybe I'm jaded.. But I'm just not getting quito... By any standard , this city is a cramped mess.. Hours of traffic.. An airport that can be 1-2 hours away.. Growing pains everywhere.. And these few attractions are being treated as though there special.. It's a square in front of a church with zero curb appeal ( nice inside though... More 

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Martin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The area is always bustling with excitement; the local population enjoying themselves; children having fun; be sure to eat at the restaurant that has outdoor seating in the corner of the square; true Ecuadorian Food, wonderful empanadas.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

There were a lot of people here but mostly passing through. The church closes from 12:30 to 3:30 so plan accordingly. We stayed very near this square so passed it several times. Did not feel like staying as we did with the Plaza Grande. If you found the review helpful please note below.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Once again, I was in awe of this scenic view in Quito! If you're a people watcher and love cafes - this is the place to be. You can have a great view of Quito since it's built on an incline (rumored to be over a Incan temple).

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