Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, Quito

#4 of 88 in Historic Sites in Ecuador
Architectural Building · Church
Gape in wonder at the dazzling gold and ornate carvings adorning the interior of Iglesia y Convento 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and many more Quito attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Quito trip planning tool.
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  • The church has been recently restored so it looks stunning. Visit the Chorus and do not miss, the convent s museum, is worth it, a fine collection of colonial sculptures and paintings.  more »
  • Let me begin by saying I am an atheist. Why does that matter? Because I've never been inside a building so awe-inspiring, so beautiful. The oldest church in Quito, and I believe in South America, the....  more »
  • Our tour stop at this convent was incredible. T As you walk the street, admiring the beauty of the architecture, and up through the beautiful Church doors be ready for jaw dropping history. You will be amazed at the beauty of all the Real Gold laced architecture and artwork. This will make you appreciate things just a bit more as here in America this would probably have been vandalized with all the Gold and value stripped. For it to stand the test of time is a miracle and testament of the culture differences from America. Hit the LIKE BUTTON for me!!!
  • It is a gorgeous place. Big.full of golden altars. You learn to appreciate artisan details. S place you must visit

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