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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.
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Carchi 122 y Venezuela., Quito 170150, Ecuador
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This Basilica looks very much like Notre Dame in Paris. It is very impressive. I loved the stained glass windows, especially the huge rose window that features Ecuadorian flowers. Rather than gargoyles, the outside features animals, birds and fish that are common in this country....More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It does not feel right to pay any entrance fee for a church especially when you have seen many of them already and only gringos have to pay. Just admire the beauty from the outside.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many reviews said the climb to the top was scary and that made me doubt whether I should visit this basilica at all. Luckily I decided to try it anyway (even on a rainy day) and I don't think it's as scary as what people...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have gone there for a walk, we weren’t able to get in, but is super nice with a enormous architecture

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Caroolrocha
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Knowing this gothic structure was a delight, we were guided by a cultural group called Los Ladrillos de Quito that showed us the symbology of the place and then we understood the structure and we saw it beautiful. I recommend visiting it. To climb the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank AMANIROH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Crowded on weekends. Beautiful cathedral, reminded me of notre dame cathedral. To get to the top, you’ve got to climb a glorified ladder at the side of the building. But so worth it! View is incredible

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Boy this was impressive. Be sure to look at the outside rain drains. They are in the shape of Galapagos animals. Also the side chapels are very nice.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Greg W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took my teen grandchildren on an exploration tour. I was afraid they were going to be bored seeing all the churches in quito. Not a teen’s favorite activity. However, this one they enjoyed so much you won’t believe it. First there is this amazing...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 728mariadelcarmenz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gothic steeple of this church is visible throughout the city. It is the city’s icon representing the country’s predominant Catholic religion. Its ancient history depicts architecture that represents strength, might and permanence. It costs $2 to enter inside. La Basilica is also referred to...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Indiana_Jonesse
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many fine churches in Quito's old town area. Many grand but none so striking as the Basilica del Voto Nacional. A five block walk almost straight up from the Old Town Plaza. A stunning example of Gothic work. Suggest you take taxi to...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Q4817FVtonyl
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.
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Mei L
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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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