Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito Ecuador

Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito Ecuador

Yesterday we went to this church and climbed halfway up the first viewing tower. However, we had no camera. So we decided to come back the next day, armed with a camera – so here we are.

We are charged $2 each – the ticket office entrance is hard to find. You need to find the side gate, then go to the courtyard at the back.

We head up many stairs to get to the balcony overlooking the inside of the church. You can read my previous blog on this separate visit a few weeks ago. This church took over 100 years to build. It is the largest in Ecuador-an amazing structure.

There is a huge pipe organ on wheels within the church.

Most of the lead-light is intact. The whole place is glorious and reminds me of Westminster Abbey.

We first head up to the clock tower. The clock strikes while we are still inside – pretty crazy to be there at that time.

We then go up a spiral staircase. The top of this has no handle, making it really hard to get up. I get a bit freaked. Finally, I get myself safely positioned, only to realise that I have to exit up again as it is single file traffic.

The view at the top is pretty wild. Right over Quito. Each direction is amazing in this tower. This is the easy climb tower. I suggest you do this first.

We try to get up to the bells – but there is a locked gate. So down we go again.

We knew there was a lovely coffee shop. We are there alone. The lady is lovely. She has a few variety of food available. Much of the menu is not served.

It does worry me – there is a huge selection of hot wine and other alcoholic beverages. Not a safe thing to take before a climb – maybe people need it after?

We then head back down a level so that we can go up? There is a walkway that is not well built across the roof inside. My son swings this – yipes!

He then heads up the first ladder. Trust me – this ladder is easy. It is protected on the inside.

Not so easy is the next ladder – in fact it is the worst. It is only welded and there is no protection from falling to your death. Given time again, there is no way I would take any child up there.

But we have people behind us, so we have to go forward. I freeze partway – it is really, really is scary. However, my son is safely wedged between two adults the whole time.

We make it to the top. The third ladder is easier. It is protected at the top. The view is incredible.

I tell my son to hang on for dear life – he does that. Good boy!

I am amazed at the places people graffiti. It is crazy how they got there.

We head back down. This is the worst. There is a couple that helps me get down safely with my son. They encourage him and ensure he can’t fall.

Partway down you can see some detailed architecture. All the birds are different on the side of this building.

As we finish our couple of hours here, we walk back to our hotel. We get to buy lunch for $2. If you walk in front of the church and down one block there is a street full of cheap cafes – as you head to the park with the observatory.

We decide to feed a stray dog. We also hand out food to the poor. Then we have a bag of toiletries from the hotel. So my son enjoys finding ladies to give these – Those who are begging. He comments on how good it feels to give.

We wander back and realise how comfortable we feel in this city. Soon we will be on our next big journey. But we will be back!

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