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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

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Address: Quito, Ecuador
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Once serving as a lively commercial center during pre-Columbian times, this...

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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Great View, Church and Museum

San Francisco Plaza is in front of the San Francisco Convent, church and Museum. A great place for pictures, to stop for a coffe and to visit a wonderful museum in a 500 year old... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Quito, Ecuador
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Quito, Ecuador
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

San Francisco Plaza is in front of the San Francisco Convent, church and Museum. A great place for pictures, to stop for a coffe and to visit a wonderful museum in a 500 year old convent.

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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The plaza has some nice cafes and is buzzing with people. Despite the construction work going on, the plaza still has a positive vibe and is a nice place to visit and relax with a coffee for some people watching.

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Northern California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though the plaza is under construction for the new metro, it's possible to walk around the area in front of the church and have coffee or hot chocolate in one of the little cafes at the base of the church. Women selling colorful, lightweight scarves (5 for $10!) roam the plaza and the scarves are perfect for gifts, not... More 

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durham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

It is very big place in the old town. They are planning to build subway there now. You can still the golden roof of other churches. Some homeless people wondering around.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Great place to meet locals and see wonderful colonial architecture. The big church is just stunning.

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Salt Lake
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Large open plaza ... visit the church if it is open. Eat or have a drink at Casa Gangatena ... visit the shops around the square. Homero Ortega hat shop, for the perfect Panama hat ... carry an umbrella!

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Quito, Ecuador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

I stopped there with a friend and had a coffee at a real nice coffee shop outside the church. Very calm and enjoyable place for a rest as you walk around the city.

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london
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

had a military brass band playing when I was there. great for people watching and relaxing. old world feel. a few small nice cafes. can't be in Quito and not go here

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

The church off the square is the intuiting feature here, the square itself was half blocked off. May improve once metro finished.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

The square has been restored. The buildings are beautiful. The heart of the city, San Francisco de Quito, per its original name.

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