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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

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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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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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
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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Cesena, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

from this square you can have a look of the skyline of this huge city. the square is majestic and full of pigeons. we church in the background is impressive

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Start your tour of the historical old quarter from here. End your visit with a lunch or dinner at the Casa Gangotena hotel. Excellent value. Looks expensive from the outside... but prices are very reasonable.

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Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is also a good square to visit with its impressive church and museum. Next to these is a café with a selection of food and drinks. Very good is the coca tea which I found did help with my altitude problems. It's a nice place to sit and see the world go by. Less good was being constantly asked... More 

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St Marys, GA
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

the plaza is located in front of the San Francisco church; it is teeming with street vendors who can be annoying, but most understand "no". It is a good place to people watch after visiting the church. many shops and restaurants in area.

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