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Basilica del Voto Nacional

Listed under Cathedrals in Quito, Ecuador.

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The Basilica del Voto Nacional, which is the largest neo-Gothic cathedral in the Americas. A ticket to enter costs $3.

Elevators run up both towers in the front, but I declined them in favor of the stairs. After two flights, and a pounding heart, I remembered that I was 2,800 meters above sea level.

By the third or fourth floor, you can take a break and look out from a balcony down the cathedral’s nave. Stained glass windows line the upper walls.

Go a few more flights up, and you’ll be presented with a long, sketchy looking walkway that extends down the length of the nave, and ends with a near-vertical ladder.

Walk up the ladder, and then an even sketchier one to reach a spire in the rear of the cathedral. Just don’t look down and you’ll be fine.

Read more on David's blog.

Written by  David Lee.

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