Basílica del Voto Nacional

The Basílica del Voto Nacional, a huge church built in 1926, is located in Quito’s UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city center. It’s the largest neo-Gothic church in the Americas.

Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

Basílica del Voto Nacional

Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

Basílica del Voto Nacional

It cost US$2 to enter the cavernous building. There are some very nice stained glass windows and a nice chapel behind the altar.

Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

Basílica del Voto Nacional

Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

Basílica del Voto Nacional

If I were you, I’d save your money and pay the other US$2 to climb the church’s tower. The entrance is outside underneath the clock towers. This was one of the best experiences we had in Quito. On the first level we climbed to, we were treated to a fantastic perspective of the interior of the building.

Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

Basílica del Voto Nacional

On the next level, after walking through a large gift shop, we got to see a nice view of the historic city.

View of Quito from the Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

View of Quito

From there, it was a long walk across rickety wooden planks to a very steep stairway.

Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

Basílica del Voto Nacional

Once up the first stairway, there was another one out in the open air that led to a small tower at the very top. I climbed it, Marisol did not.

Climbing up the tower of the Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

That’s me climbing up!

From the tower, I had one of the best views of Quito and a unique look at the church. One thing I noticed was that the clocks were both set to different times. I’m not sure if there’s any significance to it or not.

View from the tower of the Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

View from the tower

View from the tower of the Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador

View from the tower

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