I discovered the Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco by accident. My top priority in travel is COFFEE, so I'd just finished up sipping a lovely cappuccino in the Plaza de San Francisco and I decided to stroll next door. The ordinary stone facade completely belied the sheer dominance of gold covering what seemed like every inch of the church walls once you walk inside. This isn't the only "golden" church in Quito, either -- the most famous is called Compañía de Jesús. However, there aren't any photographs allowed in that one. This church dates back to the 16th century and displays a cool mix of Moorish and Baroque influences in its design.