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San Francisco, the most imposing of all Quito's architectural monuments, is at once a temple, a series of chapels, and a convent. All this together takes up nearly two whole blocks, and rises up above a wide stone paved court, creating so noble an impression that Ernesto La Orden called it the "Escorial of the Andes". Shortly after the foundation of the city in 1536, Fray Jodoco Ricke began the construction of the temple and the convent, helped by architects and craftsmen like Fray Francisco Benítez, who was in charge of the work throughout the last quarter of the sixteenth century and finished it off in 1605. He also carved the benches and the figures of the choir.

Nayon , Ecuador


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