(America Records Institute - AMRI) Top Ancient and Modern Wonders of the Americas - P26 - Basílica del Voto Nacional (Ecuador): Neo-Gothic masterpiece on "volcano avenue"


(WorldKings.org) The Basilica of the National Vow 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 is devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and under the supervision of French architect, Emilio Tarlier, it was to be designed after the famous Notre Dame of Paris and the Cathedral of Burgos in Spain. The Basilica is 140 metres long, with its two towers reaching a height of 115 meters, making it South America’s highest neogothic church. It holds 24 chapels that represent the number of provinces in Ecuador. 



The church is designed in the shape of a Latin cross, as is common for most large gothic churches, with the main nave comprising the body of the structure.  It has seven doors, three for the façade and four on the sides. It holds an underground crypt and an austere pantheon where several Ecuadorian Heads of State are buried.



Visitors have several options to get acquainted with this special building. If you are looking for a more relaxed option, feel free to walk around the main nave and surrounding patios. If you are feeling a more active experience of the Basilica, take the elevator located at one of the main towers (or the stairs if you have gotten used to Quito’s altitude of 2,850 metres (9,350 ft)) and go up to the last floors, where you will find a picturesque cafeteria and a small museum.



Just don’t get distracted from what really matters – the amazing views of the city to be seen from the very top of the tower. Catch your breath and have your camera ready for an amazing shot!

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