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Basilica

Calle Venezuela and Carchi, Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #5 of 103 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It's worth the payment to go up to the towers of the basilica. You get some great shots of the city, especially the Colonial Quito. It will be challenging for someone suffering of vertigo.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Take the staircases and climb to the top for breathtaking city views! The stairs are pretty steep so be careful. If you are short on time skip the church and go to the top instead.

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Snoqualmie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

There is a crazy catwalk that takes you to the belfry. The architectural detail is really amazing. I especially loved the animals along the outside.

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Ramot meir, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The site is nice if you have an hour to spend. It cost 2 dollars per person, and you can claim all the way to the highest point, where you can see the view of the city. Worth the money.

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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Loved the animal gargoyles! How perfect to use the animals of Ecuador as decoration for the church. A perfect blending of religion with the blessings of a country.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Beware there are two places that take your money at this church and if you only want to climb to the top then don't go in the main entrance to the church or you will have to pay twice! The view from the top is awesome!

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The Basilica give you the image of endurance to achieve a goal that has had many generations and still many more to complete a dream of faith. Magnificent, magical, motivating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Climbed to the top- great view but not for the faint hearted. Stairs are steep and you need to be good with heights

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Bir, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Having had my fill of cathedrals, I came specifically for the view from the tower. Climbing up the steep ladders is not for those afraid of heights, but the reward at the top is one of the best views of Quito. Great spot for photography.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I spent about an hour in this beautiful Basilica. The ground floor of the Basilica is accessible for about $1, the upper floors (and there are several) were about $5 if I remember correctly. It is well worth going up to the top as one can have a 360 degree view of the city and the mountains in the distance.... More

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