The reviews I've seen don't mention that this is a Gothic structure, which explains some of the differences between the Basilica and most Ecuadoran churches. As other reviewers mentioned, the gargoyles are terrific -- how cool to use tortoises, sea lions and a peacock instead of the usual fare. Inside, there is a delightful, even playful little chapel with all sorts of colorful design features. There's a sign that suggests it's for prayer rather than tourist visitation, but no one minds if you take a look. I enjoyed the trip -- by elevator and then by metal ladder -- to the tower, as much for the fun of getting there as for the views.