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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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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

You pay $2 for a ticket that lets you climb up the towers of the Basilica. You can go up one of the clock towers and also a tower at the other side of the building which gives you wonderful views through the clock towers. The nave of the church, which you pass as you go towards the towers, is... More

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Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The amazing view of Quito is unforgettable, also the type of arquitecture and all handmade by the native people of the pre colombian time... Is a place that you must visit in Quito...

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We sat in the back and listened to the lively singing to the Spanish rhythms. It seemed to be mostly local people in the half filled church. We enjoyed greeting those around us at the Peace.Afterward we moved about freely taking pictures. The devotion of those attending was clear. There was a small chapel to the Virgin at the back... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Really amazing views. Fantastic stained glass. Go around the outside of the basilica on left side to buy tickets to climb the towers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Beatiful. However its just like the Compania. However its still worthy of a visit. These are two of the churches worth visiting in Quito.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is a building of truly epic proportions. The Basilica, or "Basilica del Voto Nacional" is an enormous Neo-Gothic church which is a must visit in Quito. You can climb to the top of a tower for spectacular views.

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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

You can see the Basilica from almost anywhere in Quito. It's a very traditional Gothic church and reminds me of those in Europe. People seem very religious in Ecuador and many cross themselves when they pass a church, which is a custom not widely seen in the US. We attended services on the one Sunday we were in Quito. The... More

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The neo-Gothic Basilica, sitting on the highest point in the historic city, was begun in the late 19th Century and is technically still unfinished. It's gargoyles are especially notable, taking the shape of local animals and birds. The stained glass windows are particularly beautiful, and the panoramic views of the entire city from the tower are stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was my absolute favourite thing to do in Quito. The walk up the clocktowers and the spire at the back of the basilica offered spectacular views of both the old and new city! The basilica is as beautiful as any cathedral in Europe, but quirky with its Galapagos birds and reptiles replacing the gargoyles. For $2 it's a steal... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We visited this place on a weekday. So it was not crowded at all. We explored at our leisure and took lots of photos. The stained glass windows are beautiful. Definitely something to see while here in Quito!

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