Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco
El Museo Francisco
To the right of the Iglesia de San Francisco’s main entrance, and within the Convent of St Francis, this museum contains some of the...
Capilla de Cantuña
The Cantuña Chapel houses a small art collection from the Quito School. It’s also shrouded in one of Quito’s most famous legends, that...
Plaza San Francisco
Walking from the old town’s narrow colonial streets into this open plaza reveals one of the finest sights in all of Ecuador: a sweeping...
Tucked into the stone arches beneath the Monastery of San Francisco, this cafe-crafts shop prepares tasty appetizers (tamales, soups,...
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Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco information
Construction of the monastery, the city’s largest colonial structure, began only a few weeks after the founding of Quito in 1534, but wasn't finished for another 70 years. Although much of the church has been rebuilt because of earthquake damage, some is original. The chapel of Señor Jesús del Gran Poder , to the right of the main altar, has original tile work. The main altar itself is a spectacular example of baroque carving, while much of the roof shows Moorish influences.
The founder was the Franciscan missionary Joedco Ricke, credited with being the first man to sow wheat in Ecuador.