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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

Address: Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #18 of 98 Attractions in Quito
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & 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, Sights & 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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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This church blew my mind & I'm not normally a massive church fan - everything else paled in comparison to the unbelievable ornate decorations inside - don't miss this even if you only have 5 minutes...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Another nice plaza fairly centrally located in Old Town Quito. Good place to hand out for 20-30 minutes but then gets boring pretty quickly. Not much to see after visiting churches.

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Canton, Georgia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Lots of history and people watching, nice starting point for a walking day your of Quito. Beautiful church.

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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107 reviews 107 reviews
38 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A large open area in a rather dense city. Great views and nice locations. Plenty to do and see nearby. Plenty to do for free!

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Cortez, Colorado
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81 reviews 81 reviews
46 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Imagine traveling back in time, when huge crowds gathered to buy and sell vegetables and meat, live animals, textiles and other handmade items. This plaza predates the Inca, most likely by hundreds of years...or more. Lovely indigenous women are still offering beautiful scarves and other treasures for sale, a bargain. Explore all around this plaza, and don't forget "almuerza" at... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The church it's self is beautiful and considered small by today's standards, but the alter area is fantastic! (don't wear you hat in - even women) or a local will kindly tell you to take it off. The area outside has been over run with every nationality selling every imaginable thing - some useless, some edible, most are cheaply made,... More 

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New Braunfels Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
33 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The wide plaza will give you an idea of what the town might have been like a couple of hundred years ago. Nice place to watch both locals and tourists. A few peddlers which may (or may not) add to the interest. There is also a nice restaurant with outdoor seating tucked under the church...good food and cerveza.

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chicago
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9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

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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76 helpful votes 76 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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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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