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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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An impressive square in the old town of Quito

A very impressive square in the old town of Quito. Safe to visit on your own during daylight hours. there is a mixture of locals and tourists around. there appeared to be lots of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

A very impressive square in the old town of Quito. Safe to visit on your own during daylight hours. there is a mixture of locals and tourists around. there appeared to be lots of Police which was reassuring

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

At one time, this beautiful square was the heart of the city. It's surrounded by historical buildings that have seen much history, and now house little local shops. There's a restaurant right underneath the balcony of the church, right on the square; it's a nice place to sit and have a coffee or some lunch and people watch. We were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Local music. Musicians invite locals and visitors alike to take part and enter a naturally forming circle of people and rhythmic expressions. 24/7. It's great as long as your not staying in the very beautiful hotel on the plaza.

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Regina, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The plaza is a large coblestone plaza with fountain. Nothing particularly amazing about it, but still the trip to the plaza but rather thchurch of San Francisco and the monastery museum. Also, do check out the gift shop. It is quite an shop until itself as it is much larger than would first appear. A nice small restaurant is also... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I loved this plaza and got caught up with taking pictures before I even entered the church. You can get a great picture of the Panecillo from here and just great shots of the architecture. Oh and yes, some pseudo-artistic shots of birds flying around the church were also taken. I felt like I was in a John Woo film

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We stayed nearby and crossed the several times a day. It is surrounded by beautiful buildings and you can see the mountains. One evening we were crossing it to get to a restaurant. It was dusk, the buildings were lit up, pigeons were crossing the plaza and women in traditional dress were selling things. There was a breeze blowing and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Large open square in old town Quito. Had music one afternoon, which was nice. Otherwise, not much happening here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

You will end up here anyway so you don't need a review ! Good restaurant for lunch or a snack in the plaza which has covered tables, surprisingly few open air cafes in this city .

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Cupar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A lovely place to hang out in and people-watch. The monastery and the square are beautiful. There's a nice bar just at the foot of the monastery which has outdoor seating, good beer and food and is a lovely place to sit and relax.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A very ornate church, lots of silver and gold. Look out for the Indian wood carvings just above floor level incorporating Spanish Angels and iIndigenous symbols. Be wary of bogus tour operators trying to scam!

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

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