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Basílica (La), Quito

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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.