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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

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Address: Quito, Ecuador

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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. This is the best plaza among the main plazas in Quito's Old town (Plaza de Armas, Plaza Santo Domingo). Great place to grab a coffee and people watch. Small catacombs next to... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2016
new york
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

There is a metro stop construction now, so you cant admire the plaza. You can still go to the steps of San Francisco church and admire the stone atrium. Iam curious to see how the plaza will look once construction is over

Thank ingapirca
new york
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141 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

. This is the best plaza among the main plazas in Quito's Old town (Plaza de Armas, Plaza Santo Domingo). Great place to grab a coffee and people watch. Small catacombs next to the Cafe can be visited for free as they house artisan shops. Very interesting monastery and beautiful, lively church with gold leaf engravings. A MUST!

Thank ginsengNewYork
Quito, Ecuador
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55 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

This quad has a very pretty church with a unique story: Legend says it was built by the devil himself, now why would he do that? you have to come and find out! On the quad's ground you will find ancient magma stones probably over 500 years old. The church has a old Spanish Style with a lot of cool... More 

Thank hug0paul
United States
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

There was construction, so we didn't get the full effect. Was nice to see a big square, as in other Latin American countries, as it gives you a day in the life. People feeding pigeons, selling tripe, shining shoes... and people watching. A good entrance to the church and monetary.

Thank Jessyca505
Marietta, Georgia
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153 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

We enjoyed our time visiting this busy bustling place! Lots of sights to see, and we felt like we were "soaking up the local color" or in other words, seeing the "real" Quito. All of the locals were friendly and polite!

Thank Lana K
Budapest, Hungary
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51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Very nice plaza, with a church with the same name. Unfortunatelly subway (metro) line is under construction, but not a big issue. There a big artisian shop in the end of the plaza, under the enntrance of the church. Must see place.

Thank Ferenc_Bakai
Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

At present only half the plaza is open the rest is a building site for the metro. Plaza is surrounded on three sides by shops selling lots of different things including a very good one selling Panama Hats. It is great just to take a bit of time & watch the hustle & bustle of this plaza especially in front... More 

Thank JAMS51
Tel Aviv, Israel
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194 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Due to the new metro construction, half the square is currently blocked by construction. It is still nice but spend more time inside the San Francisco church which is beautiful.

Thank ogol17
Cape Town
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62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Got to this area on my way to La Rhonda. Beautiful achitecture and lovely to walk around and enjoy the presence of the locals

Thank RikavanR
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Surrounding the plaza are shops to buy local crafts and textiles. Also The San Francisco Church. A good view of the surrounding hills.

Thank Maureen G

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