Details of the Basilica in Quito, Ecuador

We had heard that we could get wonderful views of Quito by climbing to the top of the towers of the Basilica del Voto Nacional, so we made sure to put that on our itinerary. The architecture of the church is truly fascinating and some of the most interesting items are the grotesques, which aren’t gargoyles, but instead are native animals of Ecuador. Seeing the iguanas, turtles, caimans, and other creatures jutting from the stone walls was definitely interesting and unique. In other ways, it is a typical basilica similar to any that you find in Europe and around the world.


Church Grounds


View from the Basilica


Carved Details


Clock Tower


Jutting Animals


Front of the Basilica

In addition to the architecture, the stained glass windows are truly stunning. On your way to the tower, you get great views of the main cathedral as well as a closer view of the windows. In order to reach the tower, you must cross a rickety wooden platform and then climb a ladder. You aren’t done climbing at this point and our fear of heights kept us from getting all of the way to the top, but we did get the amazing views that were promised.


View above the Cathedral Pews


Animal Features


Stained Glass Windows


Wooden Walkway


Clock Tower Up-Close


Walking the Grounds

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is Peek and we are hoping that you get a good peek at the details of the Basilica.


View of Quito


Looking Up from the Roof


Beautiful Window


So Much Detail


Colorful Altar


One of the Ornate Doors

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3 Responses to Details of the Basilica in Quito, Ecuador

  1. Tiny Potager says:

    Really enjoyed this tour, particularly the photograph of the cathedral from the pews 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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