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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.
| Calle Venezuela and Carchi, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

For just $2 you can get some fantastic views from the top of the basilica. The way up includes ladders up the tower which may not be suitable for those with fear of heights. The basilica itself is impressive and intricate with the quirky addition...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank EmilyCooper123s
Reviewed 4 days ago

Really interesting climbing to the top of a rickety staircase at the top of the church! I loved it and so glad we went as soon as it opened as the only people we encountered pushed past us and I don’t think it would of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NicolaW2162
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't believe I haven't gone before. It's amazing. The views are beautiful and the church too! It's sad that I couldn't go to the tower, the line was too long (almost 40 minutes) but I believe it was because it was a holiday, I suppose...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Majo N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice cathedral. Better from outside. Don’t bother with the entrance fee simply enjoy the beauty from outside. If you do go inside there are two things that cost the cathedral itself and the spire. If you pay for the spire you can see into the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jordan0701
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very beautiful church. But the best part of it is the tower. Easily accessilbe by a number g stairs. But don't be freightened - the views from above are spectacular. There is also a small shop on the top.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank barbara_uNovaGorica
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautifull Church Dont forget to climb the Towers. It is crazy ,but you have to pay entrance to times. If you want to save money. Only take the Tower

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RoskildeJakobi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I took the steps to the roof. A bit of a crazy walk across a long plank and up a couple of narrow landers, but the views made it so worth it. It was pouring rain when we arrived, but luckily the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gromeo65
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church is a must visit...it is quite large and in the gothic style. You have the opportunity to walk inside on planks to one of the towers. Open air stairs, vertical and narrow, you climb up to the tower for overall spectacular views of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Frank A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there for a wedding, really a beautiful place in historic Quito. Fully recommended for the architecture, doesn’t matter if you are a catholic or not.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mutescream
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a lot of art in the church. The guide was very good, you could stay as long as you wanted, and it was easy to get to. .

Date of experience: November 2018
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Tony L
July 31, 2017|
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Response from 781ericb | Reviewed this property |
Simple: it costs money to maintain "God's places" and somebody ends up paying for it. Everywhere, not just in Quito.
Mei L
August 30, 2015|
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Response from Yoipitydafool67 | Reviewed this property |
Photos are allowed in the church but you must pay the $2.00 per person entry fee.
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New York City, New York
Basilica del Voto Nacional - did you find it a scary climb? (6 Replies)
Hi all, While in Quito, I'd love to take in the spectacular views from the top of the Basilica del Voto Nacional, but this is what I read in a blog, dated 2012: "...the only way to reach the main viewing platform was to balance carefully up a very thin steel ladder outside the walls of the church, while clinging to a maze of thin metal bars either side. To make matters worse, the wire mesh that had been attached between each step to prevent your feet from slipping through was missing in...More
May 27, 2014|
Response fromLuis-Alberto R|
That was way too dramatic. If you're not scared of heights, you won't find it scary at all. As well, it is a church located in a historic centre in Latin America, not a luxurious skyscraper with a wide lift. I went there two weeks ago and it is fine enough.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Basilica del Voto Nacional (Basilica Cathedral in Quito) (0 Replies)
Touring this cathedral in Old Quito was one of the highlights of our trip to Old Quito. Though there were some parts best not attempted by those afraid of heights, small children & the elderly, most of it was not bad at all and just about everyone can make it to the final ascent ladder. Though it was steep and perhaps a bit exposed with regard to what you can see, it is very safe with plenty to grab a hold of as you try not to look down. Yes, it is well worth it. That extra climb affords...More
March 23, 2009|