Basilica del Voto Nacional

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Quito, Ecuador

Basilica del Voto Nacional Quito Reviews

andrejav andrejav
666 reviews
Basilica Jun 17, 2014
This is a great place to visit, and you can spend lots of time exploring this church. It is modern dwelling, made mostly out of concrete and metal. Outside church looks like Gothic style Roman catholic churches and it has lots of gargoyles that follow animals and birds of the Ecuador. In the basement you will get into large catacombs area with many passages filled with graves and small chapel. Inside of the church is nicely decorated with stained glass and beautiful arches, but the main attraction for me is climbing up to the towers! Ticket is not expensive, but it is double more than what locals pay (must be because I am taller or heavier…). There are three towers to climb, two “clock towers” and one spike which is my favorite. To get to the “spike” you will have to walk over the roof of the church on the wooden path that cracks here and there. You will have to climb steep ladders and walk on not so safe area, but rewards are high and adventure perfect! In the big towers there are bathrooms, souvenir shops and small restaurant.
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pixie_power pixie_po…
5 reviews
Another city view! Sep 23, 2013
This Basilica is in the historical quarter of Quito and you won't miss it as its towers dominate the skyline. It costs $1 to enter the cathedral itself which is beautiful, with staibed glass windows, candles and sculptures. However, speakig from the point of view of someone who has been to many cathedrals, it wasn't jawdroppingly different (anyone with specialist knowledge of art/architecture may contradict me on that, i'm pretty ignorant onthese matters!).

What makes this really worth seeing are the towers. You can buy another ticket (for $2 I think) in a little ticket office beside the cafe in the plaza surroudinhg the cathedral which allows you to climb up the stairs to the left of the main entrance. You can admire the stained glass up close and theres a fairly tasteful souvenier shops, with free tourist maps of quito. Theres a lift too if you don't feel up to the stairs! Then you cross over the ceiling of the nave on a long plank bridge, climb a steep ladder, and reach a little walkway around the outside of one of the towers (no idea what the technical term is... steeple?) From there you can climb another disturbinggly steep ladder to the top of the tower and enjoy a great view of the city and the panecillo (another viewpoint). Definitely do this if you're in Quito,
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ciqua ciqua
3 reviews
A visit into the past Aug 16, 2011
We walked from the Plaza Grande up the street to La Basilica and it was just like WOW! The ancient architecture, the hidden chapels inside (GOLD!), the stunning stain-glassed windows. Well worth it! We took a lot of pictures and it was all FREE!!
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yadilitta yadilitta
723 reviews
Beautiful and great view from Basilica del Voto Nacional Jul 13, 2009
If you are in Quito, visiting the Basilica is a high MUST. Old Town is part of Quito sightseeing and you can't miss the 35m high Basel.

This huge Gothic church is huge! 150m long x 35m wide. It's located on a hill, northwest from the main square.

You can climb the towers and get an amazing view of the whole city. Don't be afraid of all the stairs you have to climb. There's also an elevator, hahaha. Although you take the elevator, you'd need to climb some stairs at the top in order to reach the very very top.

The whole architecture of the Basel is impressive. Well Gothic architecture is that way.

There's a courtyard where you can find some stairs going down. There are catacombs under the Basel and former presidents of Ecuador were buried there. Take a close look at the gargoyles. Instead of the regular ones, you'll find iguanas, turtles and lamas.

Prices:

going inside the Basel and the courtyard is free, but if you want to climb the towers you have to pay a small fee

Tourists: US$ 2

Locals: US$ 1

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When I was there, it was a gorgeous and sunny day, but even though it can get a bit windy, specially at the top in the afternoon.

If you are sightseeing around Old Town. I'd suggest to visit the Basilica first. Since it's on a hill, it would be easier to walk down later, hehe. The bad thing is that the other churches you'd see later wouldn't be as pretty as the Basilica :)
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