Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito

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Reminiscent of some of Europe's finest cathedrals, Basilica del Voto Nacional stands as one of the city's most prominent landmarks. This imposing Neo-Gothic church boasts dual towers climbing to a height of 115 m (377 ft). Though begun in 1892, the church did not receive consecration until 1988, and technically remains unfinished. Enter the historical building to marvel at its cavernous sanctuary, wandering through the aisles to take in the bronze images, stained glass windows, and other decorations. Try steeling yourself to climb up the towers' internal staircase--you'll be rewarded with both a lofty vantage point to the church's interior and a sweeping view of the surrounding historical city on the outside. Don't miss the church's defining feature: instead of traditional gargoyles, it's decked with carvings of sharks, penguins, iguanas, monkeys, and other native species. Plan your Basilica del Voto Nacional visit and explore what else you can see and do in Quito using our Quito trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • Apart from the religious theme, enjoy much architectural detail and the beauty of the view from its towers. A good place for photos and know.
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  • THe basilica is an amazing building from the inside AND inside. And definately worth a visit. Especially the ascend to the top of the tower is a nice climb. You will have the best view of the centro h...  more »
  • absolutely beautiful inside and out stop by and walk around the grounds. then climb to the many levels and take pictures. come back at night when it is lit and stunning  more »
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  • A must go to place on your stay in Quito. Prices may vary, but from the time I went there, to go inside the church was $2 and to climb to the top and you can see an amazing of your view of the city is another $2 it is definitely worth the visit. There's a lot of history and it has a gorgeous view. I recommend you see this first.
  • My boyfriend and another couple and I visited one morning. We paid the couple of dollars to walk around. No one was there because it had just opened. It was just very quiet and beautiful. Unfortunately we did not get to climb to the top.
  • Amazing walk up some very scary looking stairs to an amazing view at the top.
  • what a spectacular history to this place and really just a WOW as you look around, the detail of the art and architecture alone makes it a must as part of your tour of the old city. not like you can miss it, it's HUGE on the city scape.
  • Beautiful church! A must see place in Equador. You can go in and climb one of the towers also. The view of the city is amazing as well.

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