Iglesia de San Francisco (San Francisco Church)

Its life has not been easy. Despite this, one of the oldest churches in Guayaquil is still worthy of admiration.

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Iglesia de San Francisco (San Francisco Church)

A survivor.

The city's third oldest church, the church of San Francisco. It was first built in the 17th century as a Franciscan convent made entirely from wood. It then suffered from a fire and renovation after renovation until it was decided that it should be rebuilt with reinforced concrete in 1932, finally, preventing it from going up in flames again. It also suffered the plundering of pirates and was used as a military hospital in times of conflict. What is surprising is that today it still stands strong and it can be admired for its neogothic style architecture which is easily recognised by the main entrance with a semicircular arch, its two towers with square bases and domes with green mosaics. Its imposing entrance dominates a square full of pigeons and its interior is richly decorated with great works of art. If you are interested in religious imagery, inside you can view magnificent examples of colonial engravings covered in gold leaf, an impressive altarpiece in the high altar and a sculpture of the Descent from the Cross.

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