Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco

Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
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Established in 1536 by Franciscan monks, this magnificent architectural masterpiece features a museum in its convent with art from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,924 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is the largest religious colonial complex in Latin America. It was established on the ruins of Atahualpa's palace and took some 150 years to build (completed in 1680). Atahualpa, the last Inca ruler refused to adopt the Roman Catholic faith and become a vassal of the King of Spain. He was executed by strangulation. After killing the leaders, the big project of Christianization of the indigenous population started. The San Franciscan order was instrumental in bringing it about.

Knowing the history, you start looking at the church and convent in a different way. The Baroque art in the church interior and on show in the museum served a missionary purpose. To impress the locals and evangelize them on the very spot where their subordination began.
Written January 16, 2020
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mingfatsai
Grand Island, NE4,611 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The most massive Catholic complex in the Western world (and perhaps superseded only by the Vatican), is definitely worth a visit if you are in central Quito. The Church of St. Francis is quite ornate and remarkably unscathed for a wooden structure. The courtyards are a pleasant respite from the square outside and at the top of the stairs to the passage that leads to the church is a vaulted area where one person can whisper into one side of the vault and another can stand 20 feet away and clearly hear the whispering as if it were amplified. Supposedly, this design was to permit taking confessions remotely so that the priests could keep a safe distance from the indigenous confessors and not catch a disease. If only it had worked the other way around. Take a step back it time!
Written June 20, 2021
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Heather
Las Vegas, NV556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
This is a huge, old, beautiful church with a large plaza in the front. It is free to enter the church, and although there is a sign that says "no pictures" you can take pictures as long as you don't use flash. Even if you aren't religious it is worth seeing the inside of this church.
Written October 6, 2022
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EmilyMartha
Newark, NJ279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The church itself is gorgeous, but it was the tour that really took our breath away. The cloisters are lovely, but the best features are the myriad paintings and sculptures, some of them very unique. We saw the convento on a mandatory tour; we were not disappointed.
Written July 10, 2021
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,383 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
San Francisco is considered a jewel of continental architecture for its mix of different styles taking more than 150 years to build. It includes a church and convent. It is the largest colonial structure in the city. Construction began in 1534. It said the Franciscan monk who founded it was also the first man to sow wheat in Ecuador.
Written January 12, 2022
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
$3 entry fee for the convent and Church. The convent is mostly a museum of religious art and items displayed in various rooms. Nothing remains to tell you of the convent although the structure is complete with cloisters around courtyards.
The church is a glorious site, although entry when we were there was not at ground level but from an upper large balcony area housing the organ. Poorly lit but still enough to see the beautiful church interior.
Written February 7, 2023
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Brenda B
Ogden, UT433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Stopped here on the Trolley Tour. Wow! Everywhere you look there is very ornate carvings, columns and statues. Truly awe-inspiring at the amount of work that went into decorating this place of worship. I would be thankful to have a wondrous place like this to visit on a regular basis.
Written April 12, 2022
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TrewinDorset
Christchurch300 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Am not a church fan - but love a view, so we visited mainly to climb up to the bell towers.
The views were great, well worth the entry fee and the climb. Climb was not too steep or far. We also wandered the courtyards, museum and art collection, and exited through the church.
Clean bathrooms always a plus too !
Written May 2, 2022
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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic6,315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
16th-century Roman Catholic complex which houses the city's beloved Virgin of Quito. It is one of the largest colonial structure. Some parts rebuilt due to the earthquake. Entrance free but it was closed due to the Corona virus precaution.
Written March 28, 2020
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ramon santamaria
Centreville, VA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
san francisco was a market on the 16 century. spaniards builted the church and plaza . the church is the jewel of the city and has a museum .very safe place to walk around and get the feeling of old town down town.
Written February 1, 2020
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