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Address: Calle Venezuela and Carchi, Quito, Ecuador
Description: Considered the largest church in Quito, this impressive building features...
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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Must do in Quito!

If youre taking a day to wander around the Old Town in Quito, you have to climb up the to the top of the bell towers of the basilica for the view! Somewhat nerve-wracking set of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Quito, Ecuador
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

If youre taking a day to wander around the Old Town in Quito, you have to climb up the to the top of the bell towers of the basilica for the view! Somewhat nerve-wracking set of steps and ladders, but well worth the experience! Highly recommend.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The basilica is very nice. It is not very old but it is nicely finished. the former President that was assassinated is entombed inside one of the side panels. I do not know when his body was moved here. If you are adventurous you can climb to the top for a great view of the area.

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Baden, Switzerland
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed climbing on top of the towers a lot. Adventurous and spectacular views of thr city! Highly recommend to go there. Must do when in Quito!

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New York
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141 reviews 141 reviews
29 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Big church like the ones you see in Europe. It has a meaningful story to learn how this church was built. It has some interesting difference with Ecuadorian features. Love architecture with all the animals outside the building which you will not find in other churches. Very unique.

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Ecuador
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is one of the must-sees of Quito. This church is beautiful. For a small fee, you can walk up to the top. It's a little tiring, but there are spots to stop before getting to the top to take in some views and catch your breath (gotta love that elevation!). You can even climb into some of the towers.... More 

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Kendal
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is a very interesting building with photography allowed internally. For an extra $2 you can go up a tower and then outside for an aerial view of the city. This involves a wooden walkway above the roof of the chancel and then a vertical 20 foot metal ladder to get you outside. Then it appears to be just airy... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The Basilica of the National Vow is an imposing symbol of the church's power in Ecuador. The decree for its construction was issued in 1883, and it was finally inaugurated and consecrated in 1988, more than a century later. It is deliberately unfinished as the legend says finishing it will be followed by the end of the world. The towers... More 

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northwest
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25 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Fantastic Gothic style architecture with wonderful gargoyles depicting Ecuadorian reptiles and animals. Walk right round the outside to see them all - Awesome! Inside too keep alert for quirky touches and stonemason's marks Very interesting even if you're not normally into churches or religious buildings

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

It's beautiful but nothing different from others. You have to pay to get inside. There is an elevator to take you to second level (ask).

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Delray Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Visited on the double deck bus tour. Hop off and back on. Like being in the great cathederals of Europe. Wear comfortable shoes and be ready to climb hills and stairs. If you can,climb the tower to the walkway, spectacular view.

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