Plaza San Francisco

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Plaza San Francisco  - Another view of the church
Plaza San Francisco  - Another scarf seller
Plaza San Francisco  - Scarf seller in the Plaza San Francisco
Plaza San Francisco  - Shoe shine in the Plaza San Francisco
Plaza San Francisco  - Church of San Francisco
Plaza San Francisco  - Plaza San Francisco

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My favourite spot in the city Oct 25, 2012
Although it lacks the greenery of the Plaza de la Independencia, and the relative grandeur of its surrounding buildings too, I found myself developing a special fondness for the Plaza San Francisco, just a few blocks up the hill from our hotel.

The plaza is one of the oldest in the city, constructed on the site where the palace of the Inca ruler Atahualpa´s son, Auqui Francisco Tupatauchi, once stood. It was used for centuries by indigenous groups as a trading centre, or tianguez (a shop and café with that name now occupy the arches under the church). The plaza is cobbled and built on a slope, with the result that from the upper side, by the church and Tianguez café, you get some excellent views – of the life of the square, of the surrounding Quito rooftops (including the domes of La Compañia) and of El Panecillo and other hills of the city.

And there is plenty of life to be seen here, as you sit over a coffee or on the steps of the church. Young shoe-shine boys tout for business; women in traditional dress try to sell their colourful scarves; local workers hurry to their offices; children play in the fountain; tourists wander, cameras at the ready; and the tourist police watch over it all. If like me you regard people-watching as one of the essential pleasures of a city-based holiday, you will be very happy to spend time here.
Plaza San Francisco
Church of San Francisco
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