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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.
Quito, Ecuador
+53 5 4879091
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Reviewed 16 August 2018

Real busy plaza with a lot of people coming and going. Great spot for pictures. A good amount of restaurants and places to do a little shopping close by. A lot of tourists come here. Some government buildings and churches are also in the area...More

Thank Curtez151
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Lots of people here as it is a busy plaza, surrounded by roads on three sides. Shops and cafes alongside. Whilst we were here there was a lot of road works/construction going on but don't let that spoil it. Just sit and enjoy the atmosphere....More

Thank Ali921
Reviewed 4 August 2018

If at all possible go on a monday so you can watch the changing of the guard at the presidential palace. We were there during this change so it was very crowded. Because of the crowds i cant say much more but there are several...More

Thank Yvette B
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Our hotel was 50m from the plaza so we crossed it often. It is a delightful square with a wonderful lived in feel to it. I liked the buildings around it too. The plaza was always full of people, a great place to linger and...More

Thank seattaxi
Reviewed 23 July 2018

We liked strolling around the Plaza and watching or taking in the local flavor. Plenty of sights and attractions around the Plaza to get your interests. We were in a larger group, and would have lingered here longer but had to follow the group. Especially...More

Thank george60898
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

The Plaza de San Francisco was one of my favorite places in old town Quito. But now it is not a good place to visit. The new metro station is being built and to go into the church you have to dodge all the construction...More

Thank MayaCarbonell
Reviewed 12 June 2018

Quito has many plazas and they provide a wonderful feel in this historic city. All are surrounded by churches and convents, and monestaries and government buildings. The hears beat of Quito can be felt in each.

Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 1 May 2018

The location is great. Close to churches and colonial buildings. Unfortunately, it was under construction for a train and it took away from our experience. But definitely must check out when in Quito.

Thank Laura N
Reviewed 24 April 2018

Best place we saw in Quito. Nice atmosphere and interesting buildings. Rather disconcerted by the number and variety of the police presence in the area although did not witness anything untoward at the time.

Thank Steve G
Reviewed 18 March 2018

This is one of the main Plaza's and very central to Old Town. You can easily explore the area and always get back to San Francisco Plaza to get back to the hotels.

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