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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  • one of the churches more big that I've seen certainly e contributors believe that you seen from anywhere
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  • The place has many histories and mytical topics around. Architectureis impresivve and mix elements of native Ecuadorean fauna in its decoration.  more »
  • The basilica is a good looking building. The entrance tickets are 2$ if you are a foreigner. Inside you have to climb a lot of stairs everywhere, some of them are very steep. There is an elevator that...  more »
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  • A must see $2 to enter into the galleries and climb to the towers of the church. A further $2 for entrance into the main part of the church, we decided not to do this due to time. The stairs at the top are very steep and not for the faint hearted or those who are very fearful of heights! Beautiful views of the entire city can be had if you are willing to brave it.
  • 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.
  • Most beautiful gothic church I’ve ever seen. And they serve beer in one of the towers!
  • Reason that I rated one star wasn’t because of the beautiful church or its amazing architecture or anything related to this HOLY place yet for the discussing people that “work” there. They see tourist and they think we are loaded always trying to get some money out, and on top of it they are rude as F... I hope it was a one off other wise the sacristy has to know what type of “employees” they have.
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