Basilica del Voto Nacional
Basilica del Voto Nacional
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Step into the heart of Quito and witness an architectural wonder that seamlessly marries neo-Gothic grandeur with Ecuadorian history - La Basílica Voto Nacional. Towering over the city's landscape, its intricate stone facades tell tales of the country's past, while its awe-inspiring stained glass windows play a kaleidoscope of colors with the sun's every move. Venture up its soaring towers for a bird's-eye view of Quito that's nothing short of breathtaking. But it's not just about the view; it's about the journey. As you ascend, the rich tapestry of Quito's culture, history, and spirit envelops you. Whether you're an architecture enthusiast, history buff, or just a traveler in search of the city's jewels, La Basílica promises an unforgettable experience. A masterpiece in stone, it's an emblem of Quito's spiritual and artistic heritage.
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  • Xhara71
    Rochester, United Kingdom659 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views, worth doing
    In response to an earlier review, titled a ticketing scam I can only say I had no problem whatsoever Yes, it's $4/person but that gives you all 3 towers. You enter at tower 1 but when you reach the floor with the strain glass window you can cross over to tower 2 if you want. To be honest both towers are identical so it's probably best to go up 1 and come down 2 When you reach the floor with the souvenir shops you can again cross over to the other tower. But this floor also has a viewing point looking south and a very clear and obvious bridge to the north tower (tower 3) Tower 3 only starts here, you can't access it from the ground. It also offers wonderful views of the city unlike the other towers which have limited views. It's a very steep climb to the viewing point so if you have a great of heights probably best not to try it. Overall I enjoyed the experience and was here for longer than I expected
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Chemtrailer
    Canada404 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than I expected
    For a mere $4USD you can buy ticketed access to the basilica main area as well access to the towers. It's a great way to explore the edifice and can get a little interesting when you get near the top on the steep ladder. Some gift shops available as well as a couple of small cafes in the towers that offer snack service and craft beer and wine. When do you ever get to drink in church??
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 December 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,018 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    New Gothic church
    The Basílica looks like it was built hundreds of years ago but was, in fact, completed in the late 20th Century. There is therefore not a lot of history here, but it’s a soaring structure that dominates Old Quito. The most interesting feature is gargoyles shaped like local animals. I did not have enough time to climb the towers and I think a tour by a knowledgeable guide would be helpful to appreciate it. I liked that it was empty on a weekday morning when I visited.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 December 2023
  • Janis L
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views, Inside and Out
    The Basilica was the start of our walking tour of the Old Town. The art and history of this church are fascinating. But the best fun was being able to climb the infrastructure and see both the interior and out to the rooftop and amazing views of Quito. If you are already a little breathless from the city altitude, there is an elevator. There are also shops and rest stops on a few floors.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 March 2024
  • William F
    Denver, Colorado743 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Classic European feel
    Really enjoyed this Basilica. The lines are so classic European cathedral, I almost forgot I was in Ecuador. I climbed up into the block towers and the views were outstanding. Tip, take the elevator up part way if you don't want to walk up the whole way. A sunning Rose Window and just enjoy the majesty of the place.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 May 2024
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William F
Denver, CO743 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Really enjoyed this Basilica. The lines are so classic European cathedral, I almost forgot I was in Ecuador. I climbed up into the block towers and the views were outstanding. Tip, take the elevator up part way if you don't want to walk up the whole way. A sunning Rose Window and just enjoy the majesty of the place.
Written 3 May 2024
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Jaymaxx
Cape Coral, FL421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful place. Walked to the top slowly. Definitely felt the altitude even after being in Quito for a few days previously. Great views from all levels.
Written 4 April 2024
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Janis L
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The Basilica was the start of our walking tour of the Old Town. The art and history of this church are fascinating. But the best fun was being able to climb the infrastructure and see both the interior and out to the rooftop and amazing views of Quito. If you are already a little breathless from the city altitude, there is an elevator. There are also shops and rest stops on a few floors.
Written 6 March 2024
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laurence s
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great building, one of many church’s in Quito, worth the walk up the hill, small entrance fee ($4 us) + if you want to do more.
Written 23 February 2024
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA2,018 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The Basílica looks like it was built hundreds of years ago but was, in fact, completed in the late 20th Century. There is therefore not a lot of history here, but it’s a soaring structure that dominates Old Quito. The most interesting feature is gargoyles shaped like local animals. I did not have enough time to climb the towers and I think a tour by a knowledgeable guide would be helpful to appreciate it. I liked that it was empty on a weekday morning when I visited.
Written 22 December 2023
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Chemtrailer
Canada404 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
For a mere $4USD you can buy ticketed access to the basilica main area as well access to the towers. It's a great way to explore the edifice and can get a little interesting when you get near the top on the steep ladder. Some gift shops available as well as a couple of small cafes in the towers that offer snack service and craft beer and wine. When do you ever get to drink in church??
Written 12 December 2023
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Agent5aq
Atlanta, GA99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
A beautiful basilica with great vistas of Quito and up close views of the stain glass windows, clock tower, and the best part - their own craft beer is served! So be sure to enjoy a beer as you take in the views of Quito!
Written 23 November 2023
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Xhara71
Rochester, UK659 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
In response to an earlier review, titled a ticketing scam I can only say I had no problem whatsoever
Yes, it's $4/person but that gives you all 3 towers. You enter at tower 1 but when you reach the floor with the strain glass window you can cross over to tower 2 if you want. To be honest both towers are identical so it's probably best to go up 1 and come down 2
When you reach the floor with the souvenir shops you can again cross over to the other tower. But this floor also has a viewing point looking south and a very clear and obvious bridge to the north tower (tower 3)
Tower 3 only starts here, you can't access it from the ground. It also offers wonderful views of the city unlike the other towers which have limited views. It's a very steep climb to the viewing point so if you have a great of heights probably best not to try it.
Overall I enjoyed the experience and was here for longer than I expected
Written 7 September 2023
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TongtongCa
CA318 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I had a disappointing experience and advise caution regarding entrance ticket scams. We had this place on our checklist primarily because of its unique depiction of animals instead of saints in its church murals. After a 25-minute walk from the historical center to the Basilica, we noticed guards inside the church directing us to a ticket booth. After paying $8 for two people, we took an elevator to the second floor. Expecting to explore 10-15 floors, we climbed to the 15th via a spiral staircase, only to realize we were at the peak of one tower. Oddly, between the 10th to 15th floors were just cafeterias and souvenir shops. I question the need to pay to access what seemed like purely commercial spaces.

Upon inquiring, a clerk instructed us to go to the first floor, mentioning a bridge that connects the two towers. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any signs or the alleged bridge. When we returned to the ground floor hoping to enter the main basilica and view the distinctive murals, we learned it would cost an additional $4 for both of us. We chose to forgo it.

Overall, I felt cheated. The $8 fee hardly seemed worth it. The Basilica isn’t well-maintained, and the ticketing system is unclear. Why should visitors pay twice for the tower and main building without a proper explanation? The view from the tower was average at best. Comparable panoramic views of the city can be found from other cathedrals as well
Written 24 August 2023
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK1,353 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
For me, this was not sufficiently different or more impressive than other cathedrals I have seen to merit a special trip to see it. I was in the old colonial district though so popped along to see this. I didn't have a guide with me and didn't climb the towers as it was an grey, overcast day so a limited view.
There are some souvenir shops, a cafe and nice toilets in the courtyard area.
It is hard to get a good photograph as you can't fit it all in! With the benefit of hindsight I should have walked further up the hill and found a street that gave me a slight aerial view - if possible. You can't get it all in from the courtyard.
For me, the churches in this area are a must see for their awesome gold interiors but the basillica not so much.
Written 19 June 2023
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