Postcard : Quito, Ecuador

Basílica del Voto Nacional

Quito’s Basílica del Voto Nacional (The Basilica of the National Vow) stands illuminated against the backdrop of the Andes.

A few facts about San Francisco de Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.

1. At 2800 meters (9200 feet) above sea level, Quito is the second highest capital city in the world.

2. The historical center of Quito was the first (with Krakow, Poland) World Cultural Heritage Site named by UNESCO in 1978.

3. The city limits of Quito extend to within 1 kilometer of the zero latitude line, effectively making it the closest capital city to the equator.

4. Quito is the only capital city in the world that is threatened by an active volcano, Volcán Pichincha.

5. Quito is home to the Basílica del Voto Nacional (The Basilica of the National Vow), the largest neo-Gothic cathedral in the Americas.

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