BASILICA OF THE NATIONAL VOW
Monday to Friday 09:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekends from 06:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Carchi and Venezuela, San Juan
$ 1 Ecuadorian dollar and $ 2 foreign dollars
It is the largest neo-Gothic church in Latin America, its most important characteristic of its facade, are the gargoyles, which maintain a direct relationship with its design. It is also a strategic viewpoint of the Historic Center and the North of the city.
It rises in the heart of the traditional neighborhood of San Juan on what was the sacred hill of Huanaucari in pre-Columbian times. From the balconies of its towers you can see the view of almost the entire city, just as you can anchor it several kilometers away.
Its architect was the French Emilio Tarlier, who made the plans from 1890 to 1896, blessed by Pope John Paul II in 1985 and officially opened its doors in 1988. Although it has an air of unfinished construction, one of its charms in addition to its majesty are the stained glass windows and gargoyles that incorporate emblematic species of the country such as iguanas, caimans, tortoises and even blue-footed boobies.
It is the perfect place to start the tour of the Historic Center. Source Metropolitan Institute of Patrimony