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La Basílica, Quito

La Basílica, Quito (must see)

One of Quito's top landmarks is the Basilica del Voto Nacional, also known simply as 'La Basilica'. Like Notre-Dame in Paris, this majestic church is set on a hill and can be admired from anywhere in the city. First built in 1883, improvements continue to be made to the church to this day. Its towers are the tallest in the country. The Basilica is especially beautiful at night when it is illuminated in several colors. Don't leave Quito without seeing this amazing house of worship.

From here you get great views of El Panecillo and the Old Town. However, if you're braver, walk across the roof to the tower at the back of the basilica. There are two very steep and narrow metal stairs which take you to the very top of the "back tower". It can be crowded and many people struggle to get up and down but if you have a head for heights it's worth the hassle. The only thing to note is that you cannot get good photos of the Old Town specifically, as the front towers block the view.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm

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La Basílica on Map

Sight Name: La Basílica
Sight Location: Quito, Ecuador
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Quito, Ecuador

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