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“Climb the tower for views.”
Review of Basilica

Basilica
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US$128.00*
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Quito City Sightseeing Tour Including Teleférico Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike
Ranked #5 of 205 things to do in Quito
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Ireland
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“Climb the tower for views.”
Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

$2 to climb the towers. Worth it!. $1 to enter the church-this is separate to tower entry. Cafe also has nice views.

Visited June 2014
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“Stunning!”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Make sure you go to the left of the Basilica and climb up onto the outside of the Steeples - amazing views!

Visited June 2014
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denver, colorado
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“A nice place to visit,”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

I like large churches, the peace and quiet, stained glass windows and contemplative atmosphere, but do they really have to charge people to enter?

Visited June 2014
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“Disclaimer...review is only of the outside”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

I'm not a fan of paying to enter churches, so just visited the outside. The basilica is visible from all over Quito, and is easy to find. The architecture is very reminiscent of European cathedrals, as is the practice of having shops within the churchyard walls. As others have noted, instead of traditional gargoyles, the builders used Ecuadorean wildlife...which for me was worth the visit. Tradition says there will be some great cataclysm when the basilica is finished, so it is deliberately left incomplete. Watch your step walking in the courtyard, pavement is rough in places.

Visited June 2014
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“Gargoyles with a twist”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

I generally do not like visiting churches because I have seen so many in other places. Here our guide knew what would interest us. Instead of gargoyles decorating the outside this building they have local animal species. One part has animals from the rain forest and the other part has animals from the Galapagos. Since we had just returned form the Galapagos we liked piking out the various animals from our trip, particularly a penguin getting ready to dive into some water. This was so fun to see.

Visited March 2014
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