San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), Quito

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#4 of 44 in Historic Sites in Ecuador
Gape in wonder at the dazzling gold and ornate carvings adorning the interior of San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco). A crowning jewel of the central square, the church has stood for almost as long as Quito itself--construction started just weeks after the city was founded in 1534. Despite significant damage from earthquakes, the church's commanding facade and glorious interior remain in top condition thanks to tireless restoration work. Check out the attached courtyard, which features a ring of palm trees among its manicured gardens. San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco) is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Quito Edition.
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  • August 14, 2017
    A church that seems more a cathedral, a pity that their State of conservation in the interior is not the best. But of course it is worth visiting it.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This church is much more than just a building. It has some of the most beautiful architecture and representations of Jesus. We observed mass one afternoon and it was very moving.  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    Does travel qu have to plan for the churches more representative of the historical center of Quito
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  • May 13, 2017
    Wonderful, amazing, pretty nice
  • June 18, 2017
    The best of the historic centre of Quito
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  • June 22, 2017
    The Museum of religious art more beautiful of Quito, has works of art of the best artists of the Quito.
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  • March 14, 2017
    Church in the historic center of Quito's colonial architecture. Beautiful structure. Here the legend of Cantuña is developed.
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  • June 21, 2017
    Historic centre. Very well
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