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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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Toronto, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This Basilica was one of our favourite stops in Quito, a city where we didn't necessarily feel entirely comfortable. The church is just stunning to see and worth going inside. We didn't have great weather when we visited, but if you can get a clear day with great lighting, you would be able to get amazing photographs!

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Quito's basilica is a huge and imposing edifice that towers over the city. It will remind you of Notre Dame in Paris. There are lovely stained glass windows - but the gargoyle downspouts are indigenous animals rather than demons. The small chapel behind the main altar is reminiscent of the Sainte Chapelle in Paris - don't miss it!

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hengelo (ov)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We could see the Basilica from the roofterrace of our hostal and it was very impressive. Also, we saw it where ever we where in Old Quito. So we walked up to the Basilica, which was hard because it is on top of a hill and it was our first day in Quito, to have a look inside. The outside... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Quito , is not a gem of a city.. One days whirlwind tour will hit all the hi spots, then there's not much left.. This is a great grand church.. It became a basilica when the pope visited it... Check it off your list and move to the next

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

While there are quite a few winding staircases and 90degree vertical steps to climb, you get an incredible panoramic view of Old Quito from the top of the Basilica's towers!

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Eastvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Just beautiful!!! Loved the various access points to see views from all over. Would put on a must see list!

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Fun to explore the construction of the basilica, great view of the city, worth the 2 dollars. Be sure to climb both the clock tower and the steeple on the opposite side of the basilica.

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Shanghai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

you can get access to unsuspected place, like on top of themain aisle of the church and can get very high on the two towers, with great views on the cities. a must do.

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Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This amazing church has a lot of history involved. It definetly represents the art and culture od Ecuador.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

It's worth the $2 to the climb to the top of the towers. Thankfully, there are multiple levels to stop on and catch your breath. The climb is open on Sundays even when mass is in service. For the adventurous, you can climb to the top of the Condor Tower. This is not for the faint of heart or anyone... More

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