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Looming over Quito, the Basilica del Voto Nacional is set high on a hill in the Old Town district. This massive church can be seen from almost anywhere in the city and it is actually the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas. According to Wikipedia, the basilica is 140 meters (460 ft) long, 35 meters (115 ft) wide and 115 meters (377 ft) high on the two frontal towers.
Construction of the basilica started in 1887; but it wasn’t until over 100 years later, in 1988, that it was finally consecrated. Still, it remains technically unfinished to this day. It is said that when the basilica is completed, the end of the world will come.
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One of the most interesting traits of the basilica are its gargoyles. Instead of the usual devilish figures, this church features Ecuadorian wildlife. So keep your eyes open for any iguanas, armadillos, or alligators!
Also, if you are not afraid of heights, do not miss climbing to the top of the towers. There is an elevator, but apparently it doesn’t always work and you have to pay to use it. The last flight of stairs to get to the top are quite narrow and steep; but the panoramic views are so worth the climb!
Open daily from 09:00 – 17:00
Entrance: $2 per adult
Address: Sector de Santa Prisca, entre las calles Carchi N122 y Venezuela
What other attractions would you recommend in Quito? Share your suggestions in the comments section!
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