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San Francisco Plaza (Plaza de San Francisco)

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Address: Quito, Ecuador
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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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Stayed here during the Fiestas de Quito. It is in an excellent concert venue with a plethora of vibrant, Ecuadorian night life. Many musicians are attracted to this location and... read more

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Otavalo, Ecuador
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed here during the Fiestas de Quito. It is in an excellent concert venue with a plethora of vibrant, Ecuadorian night life. Many musicians are attracted to this location and history lovers. One of the oldest plazas in Ecuador.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is a pity it is under construction now, but I know it is a lovely place. Saw a little bit of it from Casa Gangotena though.

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Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice to see if you are walking around. To bad they are now building over here, so it looked a little bit of a mess.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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new york
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

. 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!

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This one of the nicer plazas in Quito...especially so since this is a city that does not have many of them. It contains a dramatic backdrop of rising hills along with the imposing facade of the eponymous cathedral. It's located somewhat just beyond the core perimeter of the old town (Centro Histórico) and, for this reason, is perhaps better left... More 

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United States
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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!

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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.

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