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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

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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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Music and people watching are good, but benches hard to find....

The square is flanked by the San Francisco Iglesias on one side and period-piece Spanish houses (now stores) on the other--a pleasant place to people-watch, especially at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The square is flanked by the San Francisco Iglesias on one side and period-piece Spanish houses (now stores) on the other--a pleasant place to people-watch, especially at the mid-day weekday time we were there when live music was also present. However, the few benches (without backs) were fairly occupied so this is a standing-only experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

One of the main squares that make up the Old Town containing important buildings and lovely restaurants.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

SF Plaza is in the historic center of Quito. It is a busy public place every day, even more so on a Saturday, because thousands of additional people make their way there to do shopping. In the historic center there are so many places to shop and everything is cheaper. The plaza is a rectangular shaped square, with a stunningly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The church is very beautiful with gold leaf everywhere. It is slowly being restored and I hope the funds continue to support the effort. The plaza outside is a great place to sit and take a break, have an ice cream and enjoy the view all around. Hope you like pigeons.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The square is spacious, and really the church and monastery of st francis stands out. There are some performances going on and the views to the virgin in the hill are quite good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a large square with a statue and lots of pigeons! It's a good meeting spot, especially for groups. People know it, so it's easy to find when asking directions. I recommend a stop, especially with a tour so you can learn the history!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

My visit to plaza San Francisco was a nice one. However, I didn't like the garbage and the pigeons flying all over you. All in all, it was good experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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