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Basilica

Calle Venezuela and Carchi, Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #5 of 104 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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

So worth the $2 entrance fee. Really cool old building and incredible 360 view of the city. Make sure you go up both the towers.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

One of the nicest churches in Quito. The architecture is impressive and has maintained it's natural beauty. It's the largest catholic church in Quito.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The Basilica is on the summit on a hill. We took the elevator up the bell tower, and had a wonderful view of Quito from the summit. The axis of the Basilica is aligned with a large statue of the Virgin Mary on a distant hill. Quite impressive. There is also a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary within the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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

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

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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U.S.A.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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