The Basilica del Voto Nacional, is an imposing church, neo-Gothic in style, with gargoyles representing the national fauna. ... More
The Basilica del Voto Nacional, is an imposing church, neo-Gothic in style, with gargoyles representing the national fauna. It is built on a high spot in the city center, a few blocks away from Plaza de la Independencia. It was started at the end of the 19th century but was not finished until the 20th Century. The building is of stone, which is mostly from the Pichincha quarries. Inside, this church has huge altarpieces in its lateral vaults. Its tower is the highest of its kind in the whole of Ecuador and can be seen from several points around the city. The church is an imposing building with its big Gothic rose windows and stained glass windows depicting Bible scenes.
I spent two weeks in Ecuador at this had to have been my favorite part. The amount of the building you were aloud to explore would never be explored in the United States. The views were amazing inside the basilica and out. The tour that was only a dollar was worth more then that. The basilica takes your breath away, and when you take the tour and the guide takes you to the highest point with a wire floor and asks you to climb through the whole and step outside on the ledge 700 something meters high is unbelievable.
The splendor of magnificense not only projects to your eyes,it touches your soul; the structure from the base to the highest point is a responce of great faith that had to battle so many challenges from the economic point to weather conditions through decades of slow process and finally this great structure was blessed as the house of the Lord, that this two towers apear to be two hands ready to join as a sign of great devotion to pray to the universal creator for forgivenes and keep trying to be better people ( i do hope so ) HENRY
Beautiful gothic architecture, amazing detail, and rich history, a must see for church lovers. It is in the historic centre of the city, between many other churches, close to the presidential palace, and many other attractions.
La Basilica is so cool...it's like walking into a different time, and the catacombs are totally crazy. I loved climbing up in the towers and haning on to gargoyles for dear life, ringing the bell...dreaming about secret tunnels to the Panecillo...it was a fantastic experience.
During my 4 months in Ecuador I have visited in a number of locations in and around Quito. La Basilica is one of the absolute must-see sites in Quito.
The entrance fee is low, and certainly worth the price to enter La Basilica. Once inside this gothic cathedral, an elevator can be taken to go up to the upper floors, and from there an impressive view of the inside of the cathedral can be seen. The pews form an impressive site on their own, which is only augmented by the rows of stained glass windows at eye level.
In order to fully appreciate La Basilica one needs to have a certain level of physical fitness, and, preferably, a calmness when in high places. There are a few ladders to climb up, and numerous staircases. However, as someone who only mildly-tolerates heights, I found the "risk" to be well-worth the gain.
Be prepared for some amazing views of the city, and some picturesque photo opportunities from the tower of the cathedral.
Don't miss this opportunity. Even looking at La Basilica from the ground on the outside is amazing and interesting.
La Basilica is a beautiful example of gothic architecture. with it's enormous towers and huge rose windows, this is one of the most visible and memorable sights in Ecuador, and even South America. the building has listed hours but is open mainly all the time. there is almost nowhere people are not allowed to explore. you can climb to within about twenty feet of the tip of the spires and even go out on the ledges that surround it at the top. The views are amazing, including the statue of the virgin to the south between the towers on the hill above the city. I would recommend this sight to anyone, especially those who appreciate beautiful architecture of the 1800's. It doesn't cost anything to explore so it's definitely worth it.
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