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“Nice gathering spot...”

San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)
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Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour
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Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument
Ranked #18 of 199 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.
California
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice gathering spot...”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Central to the monastery, the shopping district and some street venders. There is interesting history here, too.

Visited July 2013
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San Lorenzo, California
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful Plaza”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

The church is grand and there is a very nice museum with colonial art work. Guides are available, and although we were unable to find an english speaking guide, the young woman was very helpful, and tried very hard to help us understand. She was actually better than some English guides who just give a rote presentation.

Visited August 2013
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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Amazing historical site phenomenal church”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Must see the intricate art and lively area surrounding close to the other sites in old quito and feels like being back in the colonial world

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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487 reviews
316 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 456 helpful votes
“In this Square, Take Good Care”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

I have already mentioned this huge dramatic arena in my description of the Church of the same name. It has just the right touch of seediness to give it a genuine historical feel, and really makes you believe that you have been transported back 300 years in some kind of Time Machine. When you stand to examine the buildings and let the powerful vista sink in, never forget the traffic that comes round very fast and could project you further into the future than you would wish.

Visited August 2013
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Ditchling, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 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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