Church of San Francisco

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Church of San Francisco information

Location
Guayaquil , Ecuador
Address
Av 9 de Octubre
near Chile
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The Church of San Francisco , originally built in the early 18th century, was burnt down in the devastating fire of 1896 that destroyed huge swathes of the city, then reconstructed in 1902 and beautifully restored in the late 1990s. The plaza in front contains Guayaquil’s first public monument, a statue of Vicente Rocafuerte, Ecuador’s first native president, who held office between 1835 and 1839. (Ecuador’s first president, Juan Flores, was a Venezuelan.)