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San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)
San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)

San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco)

Free admission
Cuencas y Sucre 477, Quito, Ecuador

The Basics

This enormous complex stands on nearly two city blocks and includes cloisters, a convent, and a shaded arcade that runs along the length of the public square. Look for indigenous symbols woven into the church’s design and a Moorish influence in the gold-leaf interior. Among the staggering 3,500 works of art inside are paintings from the famed Quito School.

Walking tours include the church, the Presidential Palace, La Compañía Church, and other old town landmarks. If you want to explore a bit farther, tack on a trek to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon to hike around the dormant volcano, and stop at Andean market towns such as Saquisili, Pujili, and Tigua.

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Quito City Tour Double Decker Bus
Quito City Tour Double Decker Bus
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$15.00 per adult
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • San Francisco Church is ideal for history and architecture buffs.
  • Admission is free.
  • The church does not provide guides, so book your visit in advance or join a tour.
  • The church is accessible to those with wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers.
  • Photography is not allowed inside the church.
  • Climb the bell tower in the convent to the right of the church for sweeping city views.
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How to Get There

San Francisco Church is located at San Francisco Plaza at the corner of Cuenca and Sucre in the historic center of Quito, just steps away from the Presidential Palace. The church is easily accessible from most monuments and establishments in the old town.

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When to Get There

The church is open daily, with hours varying according to the day and typically closed between noon and 3pm. Come late November to early December for Fiestas de Quito, a festival commemorating the founding of the city, with bullfighting, lively flamenco dancing, and flamboyant parades and processions.

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Wildcard

Built Atop an Inca Temple Constructed in the 16th century in the old town of Quito, San Francisco Church has a rich and fascinating history. Thousands of years ago, an Inca temple stood on the site. A year after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, they built the church on top of the temple after looting. Outside the pavement was designed to slope towards the entrance, a design decision that forced visitors to naturally bow down their heads in respect.

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