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Monasterio de San Francisco - Historical Building Quito - Ecuador

The bored-looking stone chap in the northern corner of the Plaza de San Francisco is Franciscan missionary Joedco Ricke, who set to work in the Monasterio de San Francisco soon after the foundation of Quito in 1534. It took him and his team 70 years to complete, but it remains Quito’s largest colonial structure, though much of it has been destroyed and rebuilt over the years. However, its gold interior retains its grand and imposing feel and it's certainly worth a visit.

Some of the monastery’s most precious and delicate relics have been re-housed in the Museo Franciscano. Much of the artwork on display dates back to the early 1600s, and the museum also houses one of the best collections of indigenous art in the city. The furniture, with its intricate detail and encrusted with pearls, is another highlight. The building is interesting too, with its long, sweeping corridors and hidden internal courtyards. The entrance to the museum is just to the right of the main monastery door.


Ca. Cuenca 477 and Sucre, Plaza de San Francisco

Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

Historical Building

Price Description:

ADMISSION: $2 foreigners, $1 nationals, $1 national students, $1 foreign children, $0.50 national children

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:daily 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 12:30 p.m.

Contact Information:
Phone: 02-295-2911

Here are other activities in and around Centro Histórico that may be of interest: El Palacio Arzobispal (The Archbishop's Palace), Iglesia San Diego, Iglesia San Marcos, Iglesia de la Catedral (The Cathedral), Iglesia de La Merced, Palacio del Gobierno, La Basílica del Voto Nacional, Iglesia de Santa Bárbara , Hotel Plaza Grande (formerly Majestic Hotel) and La Compañía.

24 Jan 2013

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