"IGLESIA DE SAN FRANCISCO / PLAZA DE SAN FRANCISCO" Quito Things to Do Tip by swesn
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Another fantastic plaza is the Plaza de San Francisco where the San Francisco Church, Monastery and Museum is located.
In the interior, while there may be some parts covered up by restoration, you will still be awed by the rich style that is known 'Baroque School of Quito'. This style apparently is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art. It truly looked very old indeed, with creaky wooden floorings and magnificent frescoes.
Construction of this church and monastery took 100 years to finish. However, I heard an interesting story associated with this. Well, I hope I got the church and story right. If I am wrong, perhaps, a Quiteno can very kindly correct me.
The legend has it that the guy who was supposed to construct this church, squandered all the money on drinking. On the last day before the deadline, he made a pact with the Devil. If the Devil could construct the entire church in one day, the Devil could have the guy's soul. Well, the Devil constructed the church but just as the deadline was up, he missed out on one stone... how and why, I do not know. So, the Devil could NOT have the guy's soul and the guy still got the church (nearly). Apparently, there IS indeed one stone missing somewhere behind the church.
The Plaza de San Francisco was built over an Inca temple, as discovered recently by archaeologists. This is the reason why the church appears higher than other structures around Quito.
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