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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #21 of 99 Attractions in Quito
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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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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Detroit, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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94 reviews 94 reviews
43 attraction reviews
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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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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282 reviews 282 reviews
143 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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256 reviews 256 reviews
140 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
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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Houston, Texas
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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26 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Our Celebrity X tour guide taught us so much about the history of Quito through the eyes of this church and grounds. The gold and design in the church was spectacular. The garden is beautiful though small. Many birds are in this garden. It was very enjoyable.

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360 reviews 360 reviews
150 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We visited the San franciso church in which the area reflects resturants and it is a great place for people watching. We enjoyed this area very much.

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Montecito, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

It was nice to see but not impressive. If you happen to go by it, then stop and check it out. There wasn't much going on in the plaza on the day we visited.

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