February 22, 2012

If Completed The World Will End: Basílica del Voto Nacional

The best thing about visiting countries with a strong or large Catholic community is the churches. It's incredible! I love Neo-gothic Ecuadorian architecture! Below are some of our photos from the Basílica del Voto Nacional (Basical of the National Vow). The Basílica was proposed in 1883 but is technically unfinished because if were ever to be finish that would spell the end of the world. Really! It is the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas.

Typcal of Neogothic architecture are gargoyles and grotesques peering below at the huddled masses. The carvings were representatibe of all the different biomes of Ecuador. Below are alpacas from the Andes.
Our favorites of all the exquistely done sculpture are the ones below. These are gargoyles representing various unique wildlife from the Galapagos. The birds below are a Blue-footed Booby and an Albatross. There are also iguanas and tortoises as well.

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