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Quito Sights

Basílica del Voto Nacional

  • Carchi 122 Map It
  • El Belén
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 06/22/2011

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Construction of this neo-Gothic church has been going on for more than a century, but it still isn't completed, and never will be: Local susperstition holds that the world will end when basilica construction is finished. Here the traditional gargoyles found on such structures are representations of Ecuadoran jungle animals. The structure bridges the Old and New cities, literally, figuratively, and stylistically, but falls into neither. Its 115-meter (380-foot) towers are one of Quito's best-known lookout points.

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Carchi 122, at Venezuela, Quito, 170130, Ecuador

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  • $3 tower; sanctuary free
  • Daily 9–5

Updated 06/22/2011


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