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Iglesia de San Francisco, Quito

Iglesia de San Francisco, Quito (must see)

The Church and Monastery of St. Francis (Spanish: Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco), commonly known as 'el San Francisco', is a 16th-century Roman Catholic complex in Quito. It fronts onto its namesake Plaza de San Francisco. The imposing structure has the distinction of being the largest architectural ensemble among the historical structures of colonial Latin America and for this reason is sometimes known as "El Escorial of the New World". The style evolved over almost 150 years of construction (1534-1680) through earthquakes and changes in artistic fashion. The Church houses the city's beloved Virgin of Quito (1734).

Why You Should Visit:
Just like so many of the churches in Quito – very opulent.
The big front area offers great views of the Panecillo and the city.
The structure itself is beautiful and the courtyard with the toucans is just great.

Tip:
Using one of the guides to get a 45min tour is well worth your time and donation.
The tower is accessible only with a guide, and it gets very tight at times.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 7am-12pm / 3-5:30pm; Sun: 7am-12pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Iglesia de San Francisco on Map

Sight Name: Iglesia de San Francisco
Sight Location: Quito, Ecuador
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Quito, Ecuador

Create Your Own Walk in Quito

Create Your Own Walk in Quito

Creating your own self-guided walk in Quito is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

San Francisco de Quito, or Quito for short, is the capital of Ecuador. The city is home to a range of different museums that give a great insight into the history of Ecuador and its people. The most important centers deal with colonial history, an era that left a strong mark on contemporary Ecuador. Take our Museums Walking Tour to catch the best museums with collections to educate and entertain...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Quito Introduction Walk

Quito Introduction Walk

Nestled high in the Andes, Ecuador's capital Quito is deservedly nicknamed "the City in the Clouds". Adding to its unique landscape is the fact that Quito rests on the foundations of an ancient Incan city. The historic center of Quito preserves much its colonial past manifested in 16th-17th-century buildings featuring a blend of European, Moorish and indigenous styles. This...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings Tour

Historical Religious Buildings Tour

A former Spanish colony, Quito is home to literally dozens of Catholic churches. The Spaniards brought their faith with them to Ecuador and built many fantastic churches and cathedrals, one of which pre-dates even the city itself. Take our Religious Sites Walking Tour to see to the most magnificent and impressive houses of worship in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles