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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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Another of the many Plazas within walking distance of each other. A lot of people gather here. A few restaurants and shops in the area with something always going on

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bracebridge, Canada
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Bracebridge, Canada
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another of the many Plazas within walking distance of each other. A lot of people gather here. A few restaurants and shops in the area with something always going on

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Canmore, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun to walk about and watch all the people (mostly locals) getting ready for the new years bash. There is a strong sense of history everywhere. Later, the changing of the guard was colorful. Try to get there early to get a good viewing spot. Later walk to the spectacular Cathedrals nearby.

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Thank fadamek
Anchorage, Alaska
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The square is a cool place to go and check out some of the historical Churches. There is really neat architecture all around. Take a Horse and Buggy through town to get a good look around. Burn a couple hours here at the most.

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Thank Mark D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

After seeing the church, it's great to relax on the plaza and watch throngs of people. From tourists to street vendors to performers, there's plenty to see here.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

We spent our last day in Quito, Sunday, sat in this square. There was a market, the sky was blue and the surrounding views were lovely. We will miss you Quito

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Chard, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We went to San Francisco Plaza on a stormy day and the buildings looked amazing against a grey and thundery sky. There was plenty of street entertainment and stalls selling tourist goods, food and drinks.

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Thank Vanessa C
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Not the most vibrant or busy Plaza I have visited. The Church is well worth seeing and there is a really traditional and pleasant Bar just beneath the Church.

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Thank 254dcg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Cute plaza with a cute market. Nice view on the cathedral against a hilly background. The real attraction though, is the iglesia. The plaza is nice to watch people play with pigeons, if you can stand the music... Recommended

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Lovely square, one of many in old town Quito, so much to see and do, many shops, restaurants, and beautiful old churches everywhere.

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We are stating in the hotel on the square so we get to see all the activities, including the market where you can buy food and things. It's a nice square to visit.

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