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Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa)

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Address: Banos, Ecuador
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The town of Banos is famous for this magnificent Basilica, a place of...

The town of Banos is famous for this magnificent Basilica, a place of pilgrimage for those seeking to thank the Virgin of the Holy Water for her many miracles.

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Charming little chapel

Compared to other churches in Ecuador (Quito) this little beauty looks astonishing surrounded by the vulcano mountains.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Skihaserl Z
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Innsbruck, Austria
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Innsbruck, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Compared to other churches in Ecuador (Quito) this little beauty looks astonishing surrounded by the vulcano mountains.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

At night this church is lit up superbly and really draws people to it. Inside is impressive too, and you can see that the people of Baños take pride in this place. There is also a place to light a candle if you want to say a prayer.

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Poole
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Some churches are interesting to visit, others not. But what made this interesting was the fact that historical paintings of Banos, Volcan Tungurahua, and the Pastaza valley were hung on the walls which kind of takes you back to the history of the area.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

You start by wondering the city center streets browsing the local markets and people selling hand made stuff of all sorts. Its cloudy since your in the mountain ranges, the air is thin, the streets are large greyish cobblestone and the average height of locals is a modest 5' 4'' respectively. As your scanning the city center your eyes come... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed this church. The interior is gorgeous. Loved the ceiling. Very interesting paintings throughout. In the outside is an attached courtyard with shrine to La Virgin, flowers, a fountain, interesting paintings an upstairs museum.

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Utrecht
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Visit the Baños church; according to all the wall paintings and 'agradecimientos'; you will be blessed forever. Take a look at the next-door museum as well, it is worth a visit and full of curious artefacts

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

You see this from anywhere in Banos. I only went inside once and that was when an orchestra was playing some famous film songs like Mission Impossible etc. I don't know if that is common but it's pretty cool.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

he church is experiencing a facelift at this time so the exterior is covered in scaffolding. Inside is one of the most beautiful Cathedrals I have visited in Ecuador! Take the time to visit. You will glad you did... enjoy the park out front. Great place to catch some sun and do some people watching!

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Leduc, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Banos is a quant little town with so much to offer. You can walk easily to this. You can light a candle and stay and pray as long as you want. Beautiful

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Dont make it part of your plan. Baños town very small and the church is right there in the central part, you will pass by it easily, and if you are walking during the day, you might get some action as they do some shows and dance there some times.

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