This is a do not miss site in old Quito. The climbs to the top of the towers provide the best views of old Quito. The basilica is also very nice inside. Lots of good opportunities to take pictures.
I read about the Basilica and wanted to visit because of its reputed views. I was not disappointed! The entrance fee is nominal and money well spent. I spent almost 2 hours at the Basilica because I truly wanted to experience the catwalk, the steep stairs, the spiral staircase, and the interior of the Basilica. Ride the elevator to the... More
Just as the Compania de Jesus was amazing for its golden glory, so, the Basilica is amazing only for its enormous size and stripped back bareness. It is, however, worth the lung busting trek up the hill just to see the views from the top and also for the very beautiful stained glass windows.
The basilica itself is unfinished (for almost 120 years), but still very impressive in sheer size and artistry (i.e Instead of gargoyles adorning the exterior they have placed iguanas, condors, and other indigenous animals). I'm sure most of you know how a church looks like so I'm gonna get to the fun part. At the main entrance you'll find a... More
Most visitors think that this is the cathedral when they first see it though it is in fact just to the North of the Colonial centre. As churches go it is just rather surprising to see it here. They still seem to be working on it but the great attraction is the views you get once you climb up the... More
You can get all the way up to the bell towers which gives a magnficent view over Quito, especially in the morning. And there is actually a walkway between the ceiling-domes and the slate-roof which I had never seen before anywhere.
The church is relatively new as has one section finished just 10-15 years ago. The interior is plain compared with the churches in the old city, but the outside is quirky as it is in Mel-gothic style but in place or the European style gargoyles there are animals from Ecuador - Amazon and Galápagos. I hear the views from the... More
Incredible architecture! I'm not religious or particularly into architecture, but I have to say that exploring the Basilica was time and money well spent. Definitely see it and give yourself a few hours to wander around and see everything.
WOW! Walk up the hill and go to the right you will find a courtyard where you can buy tickets $2/person to go up to the top of the towers. You have the option to take the elevator up or use the stairs. Once there you go above the old roof along a narrow wooden bridge. At the end there... More
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