San Francisco Church
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Member Reviews (11)
- San Francisco ChurchNov 06, 2013
Attached to a convent, this church was in the middle of a mass when I wandered in. It features ornate carving and paintings throughout. The ceiling in the vestibule is a feast of gold-leafed medallions surrounding little angel faces. It's big: barrel-vaulted and lined with smaller altars on the sides--another beauty in Old Town Quito. Read more about Quito and the Galapagos at 1Woman1World1Year.blogspot.com.
- San Francisco ChurchJul 23, 2013
San Francisco was the first church built in Quito. Construction began in 1535, just 1 month after the Spanish arrived. (It took more than 100 years to finish.) You'll notice that Plaza San Francisco is distinctly sloped; for several hundred years, it was assumed that it followed the shape of the earth. However, a group of archaeologists have discovered that San Francisco was built over an Inca temple, which is the reason the actual church is much higher than other structures in Quito.
- San Francisco ChurchMay 31, 2013
Building by the Spanish in 1553. See the fine good carving in the choir, high altar of gold and carved ceiling, the church has a lot of art treasures, the best known is La Virgen de Quito. They are also some paintings by Miguel de Santiago, de colonial mestizo painter.
San Francisco is open from 6 to 11am and 3pm to 7pm.
- San Francisco ChurchMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3Aug 05, 2012
The San Francisco Church at the Plaza de Armas is right in the center of the hub of action in Quito especially on the weekends when locals come out to see live commentary and street performances, likely after service. This is one spectacular church!
- San Francisco ChurchAmbassadorMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Jul 05, 2012
Iglesia de San Francisco is one of the few sights to see in La Paz and it isnt thing that beautiful or memorable. Viewing the church takes only like 10 minutes, but the area around the church is always really busy.
- San Francisco ChurchMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1Jul 04, 2012
This is one of my favorite places to visit in Quito. For lack of a better word, it is "amazing". I've never been a big fan of touring old churches, but this one stands alone. It is immense, imposing and carries this strange aura of mystery and hidden secrets. It is also still an operating church, popular with old Quito's poor indigenous community, which only adds another level of cultural immersion to a visit here. One of the oldest churches in all of the Americas, the history here is off the charts. When walking around inside, be sure to keep an eye out for the various (usually locked/barred) concealed entrances into the rumored old Quito catacombs. Another great aspect of this church is it's central location in the historic part of town. Have a cab drop you off here and then walk to other nearby plazas, churches, convents, the Presidential palace and some pretty nice museums. There is even an interesting archeological/cultural museum and shop right in the sub-level of this church itself. This is a Quito "must-see".Recommended for:History Buffs
- San Francisco ChurchMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersLuxury Travelers+ 2Jul 04, 2012
This is the largest religious site in Latin America, the oldest in Quito built in the 15th century, and likely the most impressive! Its diverse architectural style is notable; its façade is built in a Renaissance fashion similar to that of the ‘El Escorial’, its interior is Baroque, and the coffer ceiling in the northex is in Moorish ornamentation. The main altar is adorned by the ‘La Virgem de Quito’ (Quito’s Virgin), the only winged image of Virgin Mary in colonial art.
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Aliases: Iglesia de San Francisco