South America by Geezer
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01-21-2013, 07:31 AM
Joined: May 2010
Location: Interior BC, Canada
Jan 1 – 4 Quito Historic
Got back downtown with my camera this time. For my penance, I'll inundate you with pictures of churches, buildings and a few people.
Basílica del Voto Nacional - On the way to the historic town square spotted this huge old church and told the cabbie to let us out. Turns out this is the primary Church in Quito started in 1883 and took over 100 years to complete. It is apparently the largest Neo-gothic church in the world and is modeled after Norte-Dame in Paris. Side view - note the spire on the left and clock towers on the right - I'll talk about them in a bit.
To give a little idea of the size of this thing
and notice the statue of the dude at the front door . . .
. . . that'll be El Papa or better known in our world as the Pope who visited here in 1985
Instead of sticking the usual Gargoyles around the building, they used images of local animals
The high point (no pun intended) for us was climbing the gazillion stairs to the upper part of the church - yes it was wheezin Geezer time again, the city is over 9000 feet. First get a birds eye view of the main church
notice the roof structure
Check out the stained glass
and then head up some more stairs. Walk across the top of the main church on this ramp
then up a set of steep stairs to get back outside by the Spire
Once outside, climb up a couple of steep flights to the platform in the Spire
Great views including the clock towers and the religious statue on the far hill
and a nice view of part of the city
Then back down, across the ramp and up more stairs to one of the clock towers. Then up these funky spiral stairs to the top.
Great views again
The differential connecting the clock mechanism to each of the three clock faces
the cool old clock mechanism
This is getting long so I'll do the rest shortly
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