The Basilica of the National Vow (Spanish: Basílica del Voto Nacional) is a Roman Catholic church located in the historic center of Quito, Ecuador. It is the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas.
The basilica arose from the idea, proposed by Father Julio Matovelle in 1883, of building a monument as a perpetual reminder of the consecration of Ecuador to the Sacred Heart. President Luis Cordero issued the decree on July 23, 1883, and it was carried out by president José María Plácido Caamaño on March 5, 1884. The congress, in accordance with the year's budget, designated 12,000 pesos for the construction - 1,000 pesos per month, beginning in 1884. By the decree of July 3, 1885, the fourth Quitense Provincial Council turned the construction of the basilica into a religious commitment in the name of the country. In 1887, the Issodum Fathers began construction for five years, with the approval of Pope Leo XIII. The Oblato fathers donated the land for the basilica. To continue construction, donations were accepted from believers, who provided stones in exchange for engraving their names on them. In 1895, the state established a tax on salt to continue the building.
Ovidio Luque | Jun 21, 2018
Climb the tower for the nice views. $2 to go in but go to the left tower in the front to get access. If you enter by the bottom part just get access to the area they have the mass. Keep that in mind. 9am-5pm go 4pm to have enough time to climb the tower.
I J | May 9, 2018
This church is absolutely breathtaking. I’m into the intricate designs of these types of churches and this one does not disappoint. The climb up is a bit steep and you do get traffic jams of people going up or down. We got caught in a huge thunder storm coming down, I would strongly suggest going early to avoid the rain. they have little shops inside the church as well.
Adolfo Moreno | Jun 15, 2018
Beautiful. Towers were closed for tours. Main basilica really nice.
Kevin Van Haesendonck | May 24, 2018
Nice church! A little bit adventurous to go to the top.
Ryan Opperman | Jun 2, 2018
The basilica is impressive. The climb to the top is worth it, but be aware of the altitude of Quito and take you time.
David Yarus | Jul 1, 2018
What a wild place. We climbed to the top in the rain, it was magical. Views of the whole city... definitely worth the visit!
Cristian FranciscoA EnriquezD | Jul 29, 2018
One of the main attractions of this majestic cathedral removes, with an increhible vidta of the northern part of Quito, since you can climb to the top of its towers for a price of $ 2 recommended place to visit if you do not know or is your first time in Quito, where you can get spectacular photos.
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