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“Impressive, Breathtaking, Terrifying”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Basilica

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Quito City Sightseeing Tour Including Teleférico Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike
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Owner description: 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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Austin, Texas
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“Impressive, Breathtaking, Terrifying”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

If you have guts, go up the bell tower. Be sure you're wearing shoes with tread on them. I had sandals on, and I had to be very careful not to let myself slip.

As noted by other reviewers, there's a $2 fee to ascend the tower - you can either take numerous flights of stairs or an elevator. Once upstairs, there's a rickety bridge to cross over the roof of the cathedral, and then three more flights of stairs to reach the top of the bell tower. The last few flights of stairs were a bit scary - they were outside, the steps were steep and very narrow (almost like a ladder), and the Basilica courtyard stretched out below. It's physically exhausting and not for the weak of heart. Once in the tower, however, the view is spectacular.

The cathedral is breathtaking. The size of the building itself, the Gothic architecture, the numerous chapels, and the nationalistic elements (country flags, etc.) make this my favorite church in Quito. If you visit any churches, visit the Basilica!

Visited May 2014
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“"Secret view"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

There is a tour fee or walk it on your own. $2. Statues leave you at awe. Theres turtles and other animals adorning the Basilica. There is mommified bodies in there. Towers give you awsome views of the city. 24 chapels inside. There are many churches to visit in Quito but this is one of the most visited. Built in honor of the consecration of the State to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here it is. If you visit Quito, you will eventually see a huge statue of the Virgin on top of a hill named El Panecillo. Wonderful story there. read it. Inside cathedral there is a sacred heart of jesus. Stand in front of it. look for a small window on wall of cathedral across from it. If the weather allows it, you will have a clear view of the Virgin. Most people wont see this site. Its beautiful. Speaks of the love of a mothers heart for her sons. Amazing place.

Visited August 2013
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Harvie Heights, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Amazing views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

I don't think there is anything I can add to the many reviews already written other than that I have seen a good number of basilicas, doms etc. and this one ranks way up there. An absolute must see, in my opinion.

Visited May 2014
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Arlington, Texas
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“Beautiful view of the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

It was $2 pp to go up the tower. The view from the top of the old bell tower is amazing. Definitely worth the $2. To see the bottom floor of the church was another $2 pp. The interior was also pretty impressive and had numerous beautiful stained glass windows.

Visited May 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Gothic hilltop church”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

Dominating the northern part of the old town is this gothic basilica. Known as Basilica of the National Vote. Built only in the early 20th C it has some great gargoyles, depicting wildlife of the Amazon and Galapagos. Look for the Iguanas and Tortoises.

Visited December 2013
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