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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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“nice plaza” (10 reviews)
Quito, Ecuador
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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

Thank AroundTheWorldKen
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Make sure you go inside the church. It is so unique and pretty you will say WOW!!! We also ate right outside at a little cafe that had good food.

Thank mrfree819
Reviewed 13 April 2017

I would definitely visit this plaza and this church as it is worth the visit. As a result of the stoppage of the construction of the subway due to archeological finds and the subsequent tarps and other protective structures, this plaza is not as attractive...More

Thank LindaERyan
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Such a beautiful , stately and historic square. It is immaculately preserved but what we liked most about it is how it is still used by the locals, it is still a centre of commerce and religion, full of traders and even preachers! Vast cobbled...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 11 April 2017

No visit to Quito is complete without visiting Plaza San Francisco and surroundings. Stunning religious artwork, architecture and interesting history. Great cafe/gift shop on the ground floor (fun place to grab a coffee or even a light lunch). Around the plaza there are tons of...More

Thank nathalienyc
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Unfortunately the plaza itself was closed for renovations during our visit but the market place still thriving in the area! Vendors and musicians have moved onto the streets nearby so all the pleasures of the plaza are still available, alive and well! Loved the live...More

Thank Alex H
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

I loved walking on this plaza. Its like wandering through history, the surrounding establishments, church and streets are very well preserved, dozens of birds flying all over gives an additional feel of peace ~

Thank David Albert D
Reviewed 2 February 2017

There is so much to see here at the Plaza of San Fransico! First,the highlight is the church itself. It rivals any church I have ever set foot into! No amount of skilled labor, gold leaf or time and money was spared on this beautiful...More

Thank Anna M
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