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La Basílica del Voto Nacional - Historical Building Quito - Ecuador

A relatively new addition to the Quito skyline, and now one of its most striking landmarks, is the Basilica del Voto Nacional, or simply "the Basilica." Consecrated in 1988 (though still technically unfinished), the church stands on a steep hill to the northeast of the Centro Histórico and can be seen from almost everywhere in the city, particularly at night when it is illuminated, beacon-like, in bright green and blue.

The highlight of a visit here is undoubtedly the climb up the tower, which offers several vantage points along the way. The first flight of stone stairs leads to a balcony where you can look down on the nave, its stone arches mottled in the bright colors of the stained glass windows. The second flight leads up to a southern viewpoint with a telescope, offering a close-up inspection of some of the old town’s other landmarks, including the Virgin perched on the Panecillo opposite. From here you have to head down a tenuous-looking (though perfectly safe) causeway and exposed iron ladder to get to the top. If you can manage it, you will be rewarded with excellent views that, on a clear day, stretch for miles over both the new and old parts of the city—something even the Panecillo can’t claim.

Location:

Ca. Carchi 122 and Venezuela


Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

Historical Building Types:
Churches, Monastery, Historic architecture, Spiritual/Religious

Getting There

Price Description:

ADMISSION: $2

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:daily 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:daily 7 p.m.

Contact Information:
Phone: 02-228-9428



Here are other activities in and around Centro Histórico that may be of interest: La Compañía, El Palacio Arzobispal (The Archbishop's Palace), San Agustín - Museum and Monastery, Iglesia de Santa Bárbara , Iglesia San Roque, Iglesia de La Merced, Iglesia San Diego, Iglesia San Marcos, Palacio del Gobierno and Hotel Plaza Grande (formerly Majestic Hotel).








24 Jul 2013


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