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Been There, Do This: Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito

By: Kendall McKinven

It’s not unusual to visit an ancient basilica when traveling to a destination rich in Roman Catholic tradition, but Basilica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador, is not just another historical attraction. It’s the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas and promises a tantalizing view of the surrounding city, including El Panacillo and its statue of Virgin Mary.

Guests can enter Basilica del Voto Nacional for a mere $3 before climbing numerous flights of stairs (though there is an elevator available), crossing over a wooden walkway above the sanctuary, climbing a few iron ladders and emerging to the 360-degree vista. The journey is worth the slight vertigo and shortness of breath — Quito has an elevation that can wind even a marathon runner — and is a great way to get your bearings in the city.

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