San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco), Quito

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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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Quito holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the San Francisco Church (Iglesia de San Francisco) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • In the inner part the church is beautiful but presents points that require restoration. The façade is beautiful.
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  • Do not confuse the church with the convent. The convent houses the museum that exhibits, in rooms around its internal courtyards, pieces of sacred colonial art; has an entry cost of $3. The church is free and active for masses, not just Sundays (as is the case with The Society of Jesus). The church is beautifully decorated everywhere: its walls and ceiling are full of artistic details, symbols of the colonial wealth of Quito. If you enter the San Francisco museum, it is possible to appreciate from the Alto Choir the interior of the church; when you're elevated, you'll be able to better appreciate the details of the ceiling.
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