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Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito

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Religious Site Architectural Building
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. Add Basilica del Voto Nacional and other attractions to your Quito trip itinerary using our Quito family vacation planner.
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  • Wow. The architecture and views from this Basilica are great. We were here on one of our first days in Quito, and the view from the top was a great way to get oriented with a mental map of the city.  more »
  • Basilica of style NeoGothic who breaks the sky of the Ecuadorian capital, a few blocks from the central square and is more beautiful than the Cathedral of Quito.
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  • A must-see in the city of Quito, arriving at the towers has a beautiful view of the city, also can find handicrafts shops inside. Preferred
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  • This is a great place for amazing views of the city and architecture! There are only steeps ladders to get to the tops of the towers so take that into account. The fee to access the church is nominal. I think this is fair just for the views of the city!
  • I'm split between five stars for entertainment value and one star for quality of the building. The basilica was started in the late 1800s and finished in 1934 (if I remember correctly). This makes it fairly different from the older churches for a few reasons, namely that the quality of construction is absolutely laughable (hence entertainment value). The entire church is built from large molded pieces of concrete, as opposed to the stone construction of older works. Rain damage is apparent, and in some places you wonder how long the building can last. In other places, such as the tower, you can see where stones were literally drawn onto to concrete, which more makes the whole building feel cheap rather than adding to the ambiance. Nothing inside the building is particularly ornate, and the stained glass windows are of lesser quality than those in the other churches. Graffiti is everywhere. One of the advantages to this cheap, modern building, however, is that most of it is open to the public. You can go upstairs, climb towers, and generally run amok taking photos, so it feels more casual than the competition. It's also less expensive to get in. It may be worth a visit. I'm glad I went.
  • Amazing and beautiful building, one of the best samples of neogothic architecture in South-America. Most of the time, compared to St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, NYC. I'm an architecture student so believe me when I say this is a must-see place in Quito.
  • Amazing view from the top. You can take an elevator to the third floor and finish by foot. Worth a visit and it's cheap, 2$ to access it.
  • To me it was all about the experience of the climb. The Clock tower has a small spiral staircase. The other one has 2 set of stairs. the first one pretty inclined and small and the second one also inclined but with an added intensity because you are outside of the tower with a small rest in the middle. Definitely not for people afraid of heights or people unsure of their leg strength. Specially for the climb down

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