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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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Make sure you climb the bell tower ($2 entrance). You should walk above the church ceiling to go to the back bell tower. You should climb all the way up. A bit scary for those fearing height, but completely safe.

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Becker, Minnesota
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The architecture was worth the steep climb to reach the basilica from Plaza de la Independencia. It only costs about $2 to enter. Climb to the top for the great views of Quito! There is also a wooden catwalk that leads to a steep ladder which leads to more great views. The restaurant inside is pretty good and offers a... More

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Montecito, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Take a taxi there and then walk down the hill to the plaza to the right from the exit. The building is grand and full of priceless art and stain glass windows. Being religious or not doesn't matter to be impressed with the craftsmanship of the church and the artwork. The church commands respect while climbing the stairs to enter... More

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North Carolina
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94 reviews 94 reviews
40 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

On Saturdays they were charging a dollar to get inside the basilica; the tower costs another $2 or $3 dollars to climb. It is far from the oldest church in church-filled Quito, but I thought it was worth a look. From the Basilica it is all down hill to get to get to Old Quito, a nice walk...There are small... More

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New York City, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Most of the churches in Quito seem to be more baroque in style... I love Gothic architecture and this cathedral does not disappoint! Stunning stone work and beautiful stained glass. The gargoyles are unlike any I've seen

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Brussels, Belgium
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226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

what makes these views so fantastic is simply the natural location of Quito: you can see so much more buildings than in other cities because they are all around you on mountain sides turned to you!

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Shingle Springs, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I have never seen so much gold. We had an amazing time. Our tour guide was trained in college and very knowledgeable.

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Zhanjiang, China
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75 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

No matter where you are in Quito's Old Town, you can always see the Basilica. Perched atop one of the steep hills in the city, this beautiful Gothic church seems to stand guard over the valley. It is a steep climb up to get there, but the views from the Basilica are beautiful. While you are there, take not of... More

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Seogwipo, South Korea
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is not a VERY old church, but is built in a gothic style reminiscent of Notre Dame. Very cool to check out the gargoyles - they are all in the shape of animals of the Galapagos. We had gone to several other churches in old town Quito and probably could have done without going in the main center of... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was one of my favorite experiences within Quito; the views were completely breathtaking and worth every penny of the $2 admission for foreigners. Definitely take as many staircases to different places as you can, although steep the reward at the top is a gorgeous panoramic view of Quito.

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