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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #19 of 103 attractions in Quito
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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... more » 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. « less
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Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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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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27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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Becker, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This plaza is littered with pigeons. The surrounding architecture is great, but the plaza felt dirty and crowded. Tour hotel was a half a block away, so we passed through here several times, but we never felt the need to linger.

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Zhanjiang, China
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75 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The Plaza de San Fransisco is a beautiful plaza surrounded not only by the beautiful church, but numerous small shops and restaurants. Many of the local people use this plaza as a meeting place and it is a relaxing place to sit back and people watch.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Within the plaza is a pretty church. What I particularyl liked about this area is that when I got lost wandering around small street that end abruptly and start again at weird angles, I was able to ask anyone where the Plaza de San Francisco was and they immediately helped and pointed. Otherwise I might still be wandering...Nice big plaza... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Very cool looking buildings. The day i went there was a choir of children singing. Never had any trouble, lots of good memories.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Everywhere you turn in the Plaza de San Francisco you encounter a marvelous view of Quito (including El Panecillo). The plaza, although bustling, has a peaceful atmosphere and is a great place to visit while in Quito.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A very nice square where to break your journey when exploring Quito old town. There is a very nice café at the foot of the steps leading up to the church. It is an ideal spot for people watching or watching the pigeons fly between rooftops. There's a market here at weekends. The fountain in the middle is a reminder... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Iglesia San Francisco and its Plaza are the oldest in Quito. Located in Barrio San Roque (the oldest barrio in Quito) this plaza is the heart and center of the neighborhood. The plaza was once home to a large outdoor market which has since been relocated to an indoor location further up on Rocafuerte. Since that time the plaza has... More

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