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Basilica

Calle Venezuela and Carchi, Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #5 of 99 Attractions in Quito
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Cultural
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

The Basilica is enormous. The view of Quito from the Towers is very impressive and is worth the effort of climbing a zillion stairs till you reach the top. At the top of the stairs there is a coffee (that was closed when we were there) and a souvenire shop. You can cross the roof through a plank bridge near... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The Basilica is very nice and worth the visit. Pay particular attention to the figures on the outside which represent the animals of Ecuador, specifically Galapagos.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Another beautiful church to see! If you have the energy climb the stairs to the top for a beautiful view of Quito. Would definitely recommend a visit here.

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Rockport, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

A beautiful structure you must see! An architectural feat. Go early, while you still have the energy to climb the stairs to the top.

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Go here and climb the tower. Really great church to see in Quito. Really amazing architecture. Cute little restaurant close by to enjoy a nice local meal.

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Woerden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

If you visit this church, also go up the towers (if you are in front of the church, go to the left side!), costs: USD 2.-! on the top of the tower you'll find a small coffee house (follow the boards, it's a little bit hidden) and mostly the best view over Quito! Great scenery for pictures, don't miss that!... More

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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I loved this place! I can say it's one of my favorite churches so far, it has a Notre Dame feel to it with the neo gothic style and astounding stained glass! It has national animal statues on the outside (similar to the gargoyles, you don't expect to see a turtle or a penguin on a church!!!). Next time I... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This was an architectural splendour of a cathedral and well worth the walk up the hill. You can walk around it and take photos from different angles.

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Marlow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This church is outstanding and reminded me a lot of Notre Dame in Paris. Even my husband liked it and he's not a fan of old buildings! But he does like exercise so he thoroughly approved of paying $2 to climb the steps to the clocktower! And fom there you get an awesome view of the whole of Quito. Don't... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

There are 2 entrences: one into the main church and another up to the towers. To the left of the main entrence is the gate to the tower, which as other reviews note, is the better value; the views are spectacular. The grounds surrounding the Basilica are also lovely. Definitely worth a visit!

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