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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #22 of 104 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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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

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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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
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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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