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“An Interesting and Historical Square”

San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)
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Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument
Ranked #18 of 201 things to do in Quito
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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.
Ditchling, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“An Interesting and Historical Square”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

This is a good pedestrian square. There is always something going on. There are various musical and other festivities from time to time. Every day there are people coming to receive alms from the San Francisco Monastery. This is a timely reminder that not everyone is a jet set traveler. There was no begging from passers by.

Visited June 2013
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Forest VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Always Something Happening”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

There is always something happening on the plaza every Saturday. There are concerts, festivals and indigenous markets. The only problem is finding out what is going on when.

Visited June 2013
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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“Nice Views, But I Made It Brief”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

I regret to say that I didn't find anything within and around this plaza that would make me want to stay there for more than 30 minutes. However, I enjoyed at least walking through it, especially because you get a great view of the statue at the top of the mountain. Personally, I wouldn't go out of my way to see the plaza (go inside the beautiful old churches instead!), but if you happen to be walking near or through, you can certainly appreciate what it has to offer both locals and tourists alike.

Visited June 2013
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A busy place but you can rest and watch the world go by”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

A bigger plaza than the Grande, loads of small business around it, and very busy. There is a lovely café on one corner which serves strong Ecuadorian coffee, great to pass the time away. the security here stops any street sellers from bothering you. That's it really, good to visit as part of a walk around old Quito.

Visited August 2013
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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
“Need a little something”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

This opening Plaza with the San Francisco church in the back and the 2 trams each sides, doesn't offer much. There is no place to sit, no plant, no trees, just a few vendors sitting on the grown and the police watching for security. Compare to other Plaza...it needs a little something

Visited July 2013
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