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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

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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.
Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basically a huge open space, cobbled, no trees or benches as other squares so can be used for communal occasions. Nice architecture around the edge. The day we visited was a Sunday and it was full of families just milling around not doing a lot.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Couldn't acces the church itself. Only the choir loft. Still, a spectacular churchbut quite a disappoinment not to get on the main floor.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank donaldjohn4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonder around, enjoy the views, the amazing churches, the fabulous coffee, and of course . . . shopping.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank HeavenlyTraveling
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This square sitting at the entrance of the Church of San Francisco is a bustling place with people enjoying food and drinks, resting, and vendors selling crafts of Ecuador. Scarves, rosaries, produce and other foods, etc. Pope Francis has been here making it all the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ruthandvern
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

one of the oldest areas of Quito, this is where the spainish began building hundreds of years ago. The casa gangotina is a former private residence that is now one of the nicest hotels in Quito. It has a lovely restaurant with authentic ecuadorian dishes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank John D
Reviewed February 10, 2019

San Francisco Plaza - This plaza is east, but contiguous, with the San Francisco Church. It was loaded with people frolicking about!!!! The Pope spoke here awhile back and tens of thousands of people were on this plaza listening to him…. Lots of pigeons here...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank gary c
Reviewed February 4, 2019

This was an ideal place to buy some hand made crafts and souvenirs from the Ecuadorians who make and sell them for a living.

Date of experience: December 2018
Reviewed January 27, 2019

The plaza here is ginormous and the total territory of the Church spans 4 blocks in total. There isn't a huge amount to do in the plaza itself, but there is much to do nearby such as the church itself and food and drinks.

Date of experience: January 2019
8  Thank WilliamThomas
Reviewed December 8, 2018

Nice Plaza in the centre of Quito, surrounded by all types of shops. Very beautiful church at the top.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank barbara_uNovaGorica
Reviewed December 5, 2018

this is where my city tour ended, area full of people and vendors, nice for a touristry walk in quito's old town

Date of experience: December 2018
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