La Basilica del Voto Nacional

We moved to Quito about eight months ago. And eight months ago, while driving lost in this city, we noticed this huge tall building standing higher than the rest as you go towards South Quito. We kept on telling ourselves that one day we would visit it. Well, it only took us eight months. It is the Basilica del Voto National, or the Basilica of the National Vow, in the historic center of Quito. Now, I (Maria) love architecture. It makes me think about the things we will see when this earth is restored and God’s people are living in pure paradise. God has given man incredible talents and creativity. I believe that we get this creativity because of being created after His image and likeness. When I look at beautiful architecture I can’t help but think of God as the giver of such ability to create beauty. And even though basilicas and cathedrals and all sorts of magnificent buildings were not intended to glorify the true living God, I am still amazed that in some ways they do, because God alone is the master architect behind all human creativity and possibility.

So as you look at these pictures imagine how much beautiful it will be when this earth is restored back to the saints and when God himself directs the artwork of men for the purpose of displaying His glory and His love. Some of the pictures are blurry. I tried shooting these while holding Gabriela and doing some acrobatic maneuver to avoid falling into pits and crazy-scary traps. I survived. So did Gabriela. And Jake. Cody and Isabela had a blast. They loved the danger. Enjoy these!

Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador.
Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito, Ecuador.
From the moment you walk in the architecture is truly amazing.
From the moment you walk in the architecture is truly amazing.
Inside the basilica.
Inside the basilica.

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The basilica has a small chapel inside. I was very impressed with the colors and designs inside the chapel.
The basilica has a small chapel inside. I was very impressed with the colors and designs inside the chapel.
It was sad to see that the only representation was that of Mary. Such of common thing in Catholic churches.
It was sad to see that the only representation was that of Mary. Such of common thing in Catholic churches.
Very pretty designs on the columns.
Very pretty designs on the columns.
Isabela can get her Latin lessons here.
Isabela can get her Latin lessons here.
Circular staircase near the chapel.
Circular staircase near the chapel.
The colorful floor in the chapel.
The colorful floor in the chapel.
Beautifully done stained glass windows.
Beautifully done stained glass windows.

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There are stained glass windows everywhere you look.
There are stained glass windows everywhere you look.
There are stained glass windows even in the ceiling.
There are stained glass windows even in the ceiling.

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Someone wrapped a note to Mary around this candle. I wonder if that can be a fire hazard.
Someone wrapped a note to Mary around this candle. I wonder if that can be a fire hazard.
Inside the basilica.
Inside the basilica.

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Here is an extremely sad prayer posted inside the church. The prayer is translated below. For those who consider the catholic religion a form of Christianity this is really a revelation of in whom catholics place their faith.
Here is an extremely sad prayer posted inside the church. The prayer is translated below. For those who consider the catholic religion a form of Christianity this is really a revelation of in whom catholics place their faith.

This is the translated prayer:

Prayer

Oh Hurting Mother!

Because of your tears, because of the crown of thorns,
because of the nails that you carry in your hands,
because of the swords of pain that went through your heart, turn those merciful eyes of yours and reach us from your holy son full of intense pain for our guilt and alive feelings of faith, hope, and charity.

Oh Hurting Mother!
Protect the holy church
Protect our nation
Protect the youth
Protect the children (or childhood). Amen.

Here is the store where you can buy statutes.
Here is the store where you can buy statutes.
The outside of the basilica.
The outside courtyard of the basilica.

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The doors on the basilica.
The doors on the basilica.
I don't think I want to climb those. There is got to be another way out. :-P
I don’t think I want to climb those. There is got to be another way out. 😛
My two handsome guys.
My two handsome guys.
One of the clock towers of the basilica.
One of the clock towers of the basilica.
Inside the basilica from above.
Inside the basilica from above.
Amazing stained glass design.
Amazing stained glass design.
Part of the city from above.
Part of the city from above.
Gabriela and Daddy.
Gabriela and Daddy.

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The old organ.
The old organ.
Isabela practicing her musical skills.
Isabela practicing her musical skills.
The steeple. If you look closely you can see someone inside it.
The steeple. If you look closely you can see someone inside it.

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I love these circular windows.
I love these circular windows.
Only a small part of the city of Quito. Notice how half the mountain is green and the other is covered with buildings.
Only a small part of the city of Quito. Notice how half the mountain is green and the other is covered with buildings.
Some of the roofs from above the basilica.
Some of the roofs from above the basilica.
We continue to go up up up inside this place.
We continue to go up up up inside this place.
Another circular widow.
Another circular widow.
Crossing the small bridge to continue to going up.
Crossing the small bridge to continue going up.
The bridge is very narrow.
The bridge is very narrow.
The ladder is very narrow and steep.
The ladder is very narrow and steep.
One of the clock towers.
One of the clock towers.
The two clock towers. I couldn't get a shot of both of them together with my fixed lens.
The two clock towers. I couldn’t get a shot of both of them together with my fixed lens.
Part of Quito.
Part of Quito.
Cody and Isabela climbing up to the steeple, the highest part we could climb up to.
Cody and Isabela climbing up to the steeple, the highest part we could climb up to.
Jake looking down from very high up.
Jake looking down from very high up.
I love this! This is the back part of the stained glass window. It reminded me of Corrie Ten Boom's quote, “Only Heaven will reveal the top part of God's tapestry”.
I love this! This is the back part of the stained glass window. It reminded me of Corrie Ten Boom’s quote, “Only Heaven will reveal the top part of God’s tapestry”.
Returning from our high up journey.
Returning from our high up journey.
Ooops! I just noticed this sign. No children under 5. Oh well, Jake and Gabriela had a great time.
Ooops! I just noticed this sign. No children under 5. Oh well, Jake and Gabriela had a great time.
A cafe inside the basilica.
A cafe inside the basilica.
The stair rails are pretty nice too. That's Jake going up up up.
The stair rails are pretty nice too. That’s Jake going up up up.
The steeple with people inside.
The steeple with people inside.
Quito.
Quito.
The front of the basilica from above.
The front of the basilica from above.
More buildings in Quito.
More buildings in Quito.
These huge things below to the giant clock.
These huge things below to the giant clock.

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The back of the giant clock.
The back of the giant clock.
You can see the bells if you look closely.
You can see the bells if you look closely.
Quito. Well, part of it.
Quito. Well, part of it.

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I love that this city has so many parks and plazas. I've yet to see them all.
I love that this city has so many parks and plazas. I’ve yet to see them all.
Beautiful architecture.
Beautiful architecture.
There is an indigenous celebration going on in front of the church. We are watching from up high.
There is an indigenous celebration going on in front of the church. We are watching from up high.
Jake bravely going up to see the bells.
Jake bravely going up to see the bells.
The back of the basilica.
The back of the basilica.
South Quito.
South Quito.
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A view through a “marker stained” window.

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Jake going down the spiral stairs.
Jake going down the spiral stairs.
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An indigenous show from up high.

 

We even got to see a wedding.
We even got to see a wedding.
There is the bride and her father. I acted like a professional hired photographer. haha!
There is the bride and her father. I acted like a professional hired photographer. haha!
Outside architecture.
Outside architecture.

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Us. Minus Isabela who was taking the picture.
Us. Minus Isabela who was taking the picture.
Running around.
Running around.
Posing.
Posing.
One of the front doors of the basilica.
One of the front doors of the basilica.
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The front entrance to the basilica.
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Jake thinking he is king of the sidewalk.

 

The outside of the Basilica.
The outside of the Basilica.
Part of historical Quito.
Part of historical Quito.
Love the streets. They remind me of Old San Juan.
Love the streets. They remind me of Old San Juan.
Love the Spanish colonial buildings.
Love the Spanish colonial buildings.
Going down back to north Quito.
Going down back to north Quito.
Passing another park on the way.
Passing another park on the way.
You know you are in a city when your traffic jam consists of this!!
You know you are in a city when your traffic jam consists of this!!
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The trolley and bus stations in Quito.

 

2 thoughts on “La Basilica del Voto Nacional

  1. Love these pictures, and love your perspective! I had not ever thought of architecture in that manner before, and now you have added a new dimension to my thoughts of heaven. And of course, heaven is going to be far more than we could imagine anyway! Thanks, Maria, for sharing your heart, talents, and family this way. Praying for all of you!

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