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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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“nice plaza” (10 reviews)
“people watch” (16 reviews)
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Quito, Ecuador
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1 - 10 of 297 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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.

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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
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

I am sure this square would have been magnificent but at the moment the only highlight is the church and monastery of San Francisco because the rest of the square is under heavy construction due to the building of the metro in Quito. I suppose...More

Thank Ricardo B
Reviewed 1 June 2017

Close to Calle La Rhonda. Lots of activity when we were there. Surrounded by great restaurants and shops. In the middle of everything.

Thank Lucy E
Reviewed 21 May 2017

The plaza is undergoing construction due to the addition of a subway stop which will not be completed for some time. Once completed hopefully the Plaza will recover its once considerable appeal. The plaza is bordered by numerous buildings of great architectural interest dating back...More

Thank jamusaba
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

General plaza near the monastery. Nothing really amazing about it. Near shops and vendors. Felt safe, lots of people around. Some​ good views

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