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Address: Calle Venezuela and Carchi, Quito, Ecuador
Description: Considered the largest church in Quito, this impressive building features...
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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An amazing church with a stuffed artitechtural skills.

The architecture, the area, the view of other places from the clock tower, the twin clock towers. The silence. The area everything just seemed awesome.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The architecture, the area, the view of other places from the clock tower, the twin clock towers. The silence. The area everything just seemed awesome.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's a long walk with a lot of stairs, but the views from the towers are incredible. The church is nice inside, but the towers are the real reason to go

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

It is on the top of a hill allowing a fantastic view of Quito. The Basilica is a lot to maintain so always expect it. I didn't do the cat-walk to the top tower, but it is accessible. Fees are charged to visit the main area and again to visit the high levels with the beautiful stained glass windows. Two... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Great view and worth the trip up to the top. Regardless of the view though the rest of the church is pretty run down and not worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

$2 entry fee for the towers, which is most of why you should want to go here. They let you ascend to the base levels in the towers via stairs or elevator, and then you also have the option of taking some steep ladders up higher to the top levels. The views from the base levels are great (especially the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We arrived at the Basilica on Good Friday, so my opinion may be biased due to discovering a reenactment Stations of the Cross in the patio as well as other Good Friday celebrations. Regardless, the stained glass, chapel, animal "gargoyles" on the facade are all well worth the visit. We went up to the third level and planned to go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The church interior has a beautiful collection of stained glass windows, but the real reason to visit is the climb to the top! The views are incredible! You can climb into both of the clock towers and then across to the bell tower. Be warned though, safety in Ecuador isn't quite like safety in North America - the climb is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The double clock towers can be seen from almost any spot in the city, so you can't miss it. Unfortunately, we ran out of time on our last day in Quito so I couldn't go inside but we drove past and it's certainly impressive from the outside. When we go back an inside tour of this magnificent cathedral will be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The time flu by in no time. We spend 2 hours in, around and up. Our teenage daughter had no hight problems and was gone. She had fun. Nice gift shops and cafe in the towers. We bought a few things. when you know the Dom in Colon and Notre dame in Paris, you like this fusion.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Very beautiful with everything you would expect in an old Catholic church. Everyone should see this church.

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