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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.
  • Excellent48%
  • 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 4 September 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...More

Thank Marianne T
Reviewed 3 September 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

Thank MikeJennyQ
Reviewed 1 September 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...More

Thank davidgoldberg1
Reviewed 21 August 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...More

Thank JohnTheWanderer
Reviewed 20 August 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.

Thank 98jaguar
Reviewed 16 August 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...More

Thank KPsRECs
Reviewed 16 August 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...More

Thank MickJac
Reviewed 23 July 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...More

Thank Road20years
Reviewed 15 July 2013

This was the location of our hotel and so we spent a lot of time in the square. There is a simple restaurant with outside seating in the square. It has an attached crazy free "museum"/ shop under the church. At first it looks just...More

Thank Annie K
Reviewed 17 June 2013

The square is very quiet and the church is worth a good visit to see the organ. Most of the people visiting the square are just using it as a thoroughfare to get to the other side. It is interesting that many of the locals...More

Thank worldtravluver
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