Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito

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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  • We kept seeing this amazing church from nearly everywhere we walked in Old Town. It has a commanding view of the city from it’s spot on the hill. Unfortunately it wasn’t part of our tour but we did.....  more »
  • The basilica itself is exquisite with wonderful stained glass windows. But we most enjoyed the hikes in the various towers to reach the clocks. These include stairs, a ladder, and several spiral...  more »
  • The basilica is a fairly recent construction and is about a century old. The church itself is fairly unremarkable. What makes it a rather unique experience is the possibility of taking an elevator.....  more »
  • One of the best churches I've visited, you can see it from all angles! You can climb both towers and walk across a gangway above the main buildings ceiling. Then go up to the condor tower on a set a steep stairs outside of the tower. A brilliant experience I'd absolutely recommend!
  • An absolutely gorgeous piece of architecture. The design and intricate details are amazing to behold, and the history behind it is just as interesting. A must see location if you visit the city and worth every penny. Make sure to climb to the top of the tower, the view is fantastic.
  • Must see. And stunning. Cheap and steep climb for your perfect Quito Instagram photo. Overall for Quito has beautiful old buildings but one day is enough. You will constantly be told to keep your things close. Crime is pretty high in Quito at the moment.
  • Entry price is acceptably cheap and the views onto Quito are spectacular. The many different options of places to explore within and atop the Basilica one can explore are vast. It's definitely a great place to visit when in Quito
  • A beautiful church. I saw it 10 years ago but it seems to be renovated since then. It's worth visiting.

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