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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.
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  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“casa gangotena” (11 reviews)
“people watch” (18 reviews)
“old town” (26 reviews)
Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As of our visit (October 2017) the whole area is under construction. You can't help walking by, as you tour Old town.

Thank TroisChatsLies
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Fantastic church and places to see , but the new subway construction rather overshadows everything..

Thank Toby G
Reviewed 24 August 2017

We loved this plaza. It is nice just to stroll through or to get something to eat. So very pretty, great for photos.

Thank Tim G
Reviewed 31 July 2017

And that is the architecture, ambiance, and preserved state of the city center around the plaza. Yup, the metro's got some of it torn up right now, but still a must see - I can't imagine a tourist in Quito not going here. They were...More

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 26 July 2017

I wouldn't make a special trip here, it's just a traffic-filled plaza. Not much of anything along the sidewalks of interest, it would be nice if there were outdoor cafés etc. I am not an architecture buff so there might be something great here that...More

Thank Virgil_Boulder
Reviewed 19 July 2017

They are building a new metro around this area. It will be great when it is done, but right now it is a mess. We were told that during the building they find a historical site that they must maintain so while they say it...More

Thank scrawford80
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Plaza is a good place to just relax and "people watch". On one side is the San Francisco Church,,, worth a stop to go in and enjoy.

Thank Greg B
Reviewed 26 June 2017

As of June 2017 (and judging by the mess, for the foreseeable future) this square has been completely closed off and is undergoing major reconstruction, so there's nothing to see. The church and museum are still open and well worth visiting.

1  Thank Jarko2015
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Very pleasant square in the middle of the Old City, surrounded by lovely architecture. Many places to sit and the Revolution statue is lovely.

Thank RichardinOhio
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Unfortunately, the plaza cannot be fully appreciated while they are constructing the new subway, but should be restored in 6 months.

Thank Elizabeth A
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