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“beautiful square” 4 of 5 stars
Review of San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)
Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #17 of 103 attractions in Quito
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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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.
Merida, Mexico
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“beautiful square”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

beautiful square in central quito with the view of the convent and the church. unfortunately it is very difficult to see the volcano because there is a constant grey sky and clouds, but if you are lucky enough the view must be fantastic....

Visited May 2013
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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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“One of the best Plazas in Quito!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Loved the time spent here. So relaxing, enjoyable and nice. I really enjoyed the area. Watched people for a few hours and ate good bread, helados (ice cream) and sánduches (sandwiches). The pigeons, the nature that surronds the city and the well preserved buildings around the plaza (including the magnificent Church) makes this plaza one of the best plazas in Quito.

Visited April 2013
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Richmond, VA
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“Just sit and people watch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

I really enjoyed the area. Watched people for a few hours and ate some good bread. Loved the handicraft place under the church and bought so many wonderful gifts. Go and relax for a few hours, you' ll love it .

Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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“great place to people watch, and to eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We sat on the steps of the church, unmolested by vendors, and enjoyed watching the people come and go, the pigeons and the beautiful facade of the church. Under the main floor of the building is a large shop of fine crafts and a cafe with outdoor seating. We went there more than once to snack and drink batidos. The cafe is frequented by locals and visitors.
On May 1 there were demonstrations and marches in Quito. The hub was this square so we went to take it in with hundreds of workers. To our surprise, President Correa showed up and gave a rousing (and Fidel-like, lengthy) speech. A great place to see what's happening in the city.

Visited April 2013
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NJ
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“Nice square”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Vert pretty square and nice place to just hang out and enjoy the scenery. There are lots of police officers, so quite safe in this part of town.

Visited March 2013
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