Basílica del Voto Nacional, Quito Ecuador
The Basilica of the National Vow (Spanish: Basílica del Voto Nacional) is a Roman Catholic church located in Quito, Ecuador. Grotesques on the southeastern face of the Basílica del Voto NacionalConsecrated in 1988, it remains technically "unfinished." Local legend says that when the Basílica is completed, the end of the world will come. The building is noted for its grotesques in the form of native Ecuadorian animals. Pope John Paul II blessed the Basilica on January 30th, 1985 and in 1988 it was declared immaculate. The Basilica is 150 meters long, 35 meters wide, 35 meters high in the sanctuary and 15 meters in the votive chapels. Its towers are 78.23 meters high, 73 meters in the dome, 16 meters by 45 meters on the base of its towers. Visitors are able to see the sanctuary for free, while access to the rest of the Basilica ranges from $1-$3. Visitors are able to climb to the top of the spires, which offer stunning views of the city and countryside.