Convent of San Francisco - Things To Do in Quito - LikeALocal Guide

The oldest monastery
of South America!

Convent of San Francisco

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Why locals love it

This is a postcard of the city. The square is very popular among local people and the church has always devoted people. This is the home of the statue of Our Immaculate Lady of Quito, the patron saint of locals carved by Bernardo de Legarda in 1734.

Why you should visit it

The stones of the atrium are dating back Inca times. This was the place where Inca generals had their barrack. Then it was a market place and since 1535 it boasts the impressive and massive monastery finished around 1600s with golden interiors, arched cloisters, Moorish ceilings and one of the finest Colonial art collection.

Special tip

Breathtaking Moorish wooden ceiling in the choir dating back 1550s!

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Lovely plaza with an old world feel of Ecuadorian life. Wonderful cafe on the plaza with a tempting menu. Perfect place to relax and people watch.
October 8, 2016
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