"Iglesia de San Fransisco" Quito Things to Do Tip by malianrob

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They say that this is the oldest church and monastery in Quito. It was built in 1536 by Fransisco Cantuna and it took 70 years to complete.
As a kid I was affraid to come here because they folk tale is that the devil helped built this church. It is said that Fransisco Cantuna made a pact with the devil for his soul in exchange for the completion of the church since it was taking way to long to finish.The devil was in a hurry to have Cantunas soal so he help him to complete this church with his armies of devils. When the church was complete the devil wanted his soal as agreed upon but Cantuna said that the church wasnt done, there was one stone missing therefor not completed. The stone was never put in and Cantunas soul was saved. In other words he outwitted the devil.
Because of this I have had a hard time coming into this church. I know its silly, but true.
I have gone into the monastery. It is beautiful. The courtyard is very well manicured and during Christmas time there are the nativity scenes from around the word made out of ceramics on display.

Address: Calle Bolivar

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  • Written Jan 21, 2007
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