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Basilica

Address: Calle Venezuela and Carchi, Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #5 of 98 Attractions in Quito
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Considered the largest church in Quito, this impressive building features fine bronze doors...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Considered the largest church in Quito, this impressive building features fine bronze doors, colorful stained glass windows and a tower with sweeping views of the city.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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98 reviews 98 reviews
5 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Major recommendation is to go up the towers in the basilica first. You will be able to go further than in any other church with a walkway above the inner ceiling leading out to a somewhat precarious ladder to the very top of the rear steeple. You can also get behind the clocks and see all the workings. I have... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Interesting that the gargoyles are not European raher animal and birds of Ecuador. Did not have a chance to enter as there was a service in progress.

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Wisconsin
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3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

But I enjoyed it. many of the alters were empty or almost bare. Fantastically large building though!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Gothic church near community hostel. Large! you can climb almost every aspect of this church and if you can deal with the height and elevation you should. Wished I had more time and could climb the bell towers. This is the tallest building in Quito and it is a must see!!!

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Boston
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5 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Great views from the top, a cafe, and really great bargains at the shops near the top. Got a beautiful alpaca scarf for $5!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

I went to this site twice in my visit to Quito. The first time I entered from a side door where I'm sure the guard pocketed my two dollars. It was not an official entrance. So because of this I also didn't realize I could climb up the towers. So I went back the next day after I realized there... More 

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Chachagui, Colombia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The views you get from the top of the tower isn't equaled by many places I've been to; this 360 degrees view of Quito. One note, if you don't have a head for heights or suffer from vertigo, do Not go up the tower - the final stairs to the top are narrow, virtually vertical and on the outside of... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Beautiful. Don't miss this site. I found the rose stained glass window exceptional! Was unable to go to the top which I've heard is well worth the effort. The gargoyles were Galapago tortoises, Iguanas and other indigenous animals found in Ecuador.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

It's a very interesting tourist spot. Who goes to Quito must know the Basilica. Wonderful architecture with gothic style and nice view. If it's possible go until top o church to have a general view from the city,

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Huddleston, Virginia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The Basilica sits high on a hill and offers some of the best views to be had. It was designed to be a mini version of Notre Dame, complete with gargoyles. The only thing is that the gargoyles on this church are mostly jungle creatures from the Amazon region of Ecuador! The best part of a visit is to scale... More 

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