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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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One of the best Plazas in Quito!

Loved the time spent here. So relaxing, enjoyable and nice. I really enjoyed the area. Watched people for a few hours and ate good bread, helados (ice cream) and sánduches... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2013
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2013

Loved the time spent here. So relaxing, enjoyable and nice. I really enjoyed the area. Watched people for a few hours and ate good bread, helados (ice cream) and sánduches (sandwiches). The pigeons, the nature that surronds the city and the well preserved buildings around the plaza (including the magnificent Church) makes this plaza one of the best plazas in... More 

Thank IsmaelT
Richmond, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2013

I really enjoyed the area. Watched people for a few hours and ate some good bread. Loved the handicraft place under the church and bought so many wonderful gifts. Go and relax for a few hours, you' ll love it .

Thank wolfgang1Richmond_VA
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2013

We sat on the steps of the church, unmolested by vendors, and enjoyed watching the people come and go, the pigeons and the beautiful facade of the church. Under the main floor of the building is a large shop of fine crafts and a cafe with outdoor seating. We went there more than once to snack and drink batidos. The... More 

Thank sparkybuddy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2013

Vert pretty square and nice place to just hang out and enjoy the scenery. There are lots of police officers, so quite safe in this part of town.

Thank GJaffe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2013

This was just a wonderful place. We were with a small group and had someone take us in to show the jewel of Quito and all of the other wonderful pieces in the museum as well as just the plaza in general.

Thank outta_boundsOkc
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

Staying in Casa Gangotena, we faced this square daily and had ample time to explore it - its major attraction is the church and monastery of the same name. In the square there is a small cafe with some tourist shops but otherwise it is mostly used by the locals - busy during the day but very quiet at night.

Thank DMCraig
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2013

The visit to this plaza was lovely and we were with a tour guide and group. Charming to see and historical information was interesting.

Thank WoodbridgeFoodfan
Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

The Plaza San Francisco stands in front of the Convento de San Francisco, the oldest church/ monastery complex in Quito. The plaza is surrounded by colonial buildings and has a fountain near the center. In pre-conquest times the plaza was a market place and it served the same function after the conquest, as well as a place for bull fighting.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

This is a large square in front of the Church of the same name. On a slope - is a good hike but you also get good views from the top. Few sellers and beggars around and not as much police presence as other parts of town.

Thank Ramenmuncher
new york
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

with San Franciso cathedral domination the plaza of restored 18th & 19th century houses, overlooking a city packed with domes, spires and, in the distance, the snows of Cotopaxi volcano.

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