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Basilica

Calle Venezuela and Carchi, Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #5 of 102 attractions in Quito
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Considered the largest church in Quito, this impressive building features fine bronze doors, colorful stained glass windows and a tower with sweeping... more » 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. « less
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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

One of the top ten places to visit in Quito, I like better the outside of the Bacilic, its measing a guide that its constantly there for individual visitors like me. But the mood, the air you breath with the atmosphere its from other place. Totally recommended.

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Quito, Ecuador
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you aren’t too bothered by heights you can take an elevator and stairs to the top of Quito’s Basilica del Voto Nacional and take in sweeping views of the Centro Historico of Quito. This late 19th century gothic church – a big old concrete pile of a place – is decorated with gargoyles inspired by the fauna of the... More

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is one of the largest churches in South America. Architecture resembles notre dame, but with Ecuadorian animals and culture embedded to it. Instead of Gargoyles, you can find condors, giant turtles, blue footed boobies, hummingbirds, and other animals in Ecuador carved in stone. If you climb the towers, it is good for taking panoramic pictures of the city.

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quito, Ecuador
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66 reviews 66 reviews
38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

It is the highest tower in town, so you could go on top iof it and have a great view of the city. Love their gargoles which represent the fauna of the galapagos islands and other animals from the country.

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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We saw dancing in the courtyard and climbed to the very top for views of the city. Fun and a little daring. Note the great gargoyles!

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Centerville, Ohio
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

A must see. Beautiful new Gothic architecture. New Gothic includes gargoyles from the new world animals, hummingbirds and Galapagos species. The stained glass rosette includes flowers from Ecuador. Take your time and take in amazing panoramic photo ops from the 5th floor.

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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Stained glass windows were great. Gothic architecture. Not as "wow" factor as some of the other churches but still worth a visit.

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London, UK
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I loved the views from the top of the towers. Note that you can go up one of the two clock towers and up the spire; access to the latter is via the gift shop and you could easily miss it if you weren't looking for it. The ascent of the clock tower just involves a fairly narrow spiral staircase;... More

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Guayama, Puerto Rico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

A gothic cathedral over one hundred years in the making. Beautiful stained glass windows! Its rear tower can be reached through a hair-raising walk over the ceiling into an outdoor ladder that takes you to the top. A great view of the temple's front towers, roof, gargoyles, patio and city below. Spectacular!!! Not for the faint-hearted!!! Should not be missed.... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Fantastic church right in the historic center of Quito. Recognized as a world heritage site, it's definitely worth a visit. Climb the stairs for a great view of the city!

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