Famous for its size and, above all, for its unique decorative elements.
A neo-Gothic giant
This gigantic building, the Basilica of the National Vow, is also known as the Basílica de San Juan or Consagración de Jesús and is one of the best examples of neo-Gothic architecture in Ecuador. In terms of size, it is the largest church in this architectural style on the entire South American continent. What's more, it's also famous for its unusual decoration: a large proportion of its decorative elements are recreations of the fauna and flora of the Pacific and the Galapagos Islands, instead of the typical Gothic motifs. For example, you'll find turtles, blue-footed boobies, various species of monkeys and other animals such as armadillos. You can also see them up close, thanks to the stairway system around the bellower. At the top of the building, there is a cafeteria with some unmissable views; at nearly one hundred metres high, it offers a stunning panoramic picture of the city.