High on a hill overlooking the Historic Centre of Quito is Basílica del Voto Nacional. This Roman Catholic basilica is exquisite inside and out. The design was influenced by Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The front façade is crowned by twin clock towers. With a length of 460 feet, the Basilica of the National Vow is the biggest Neo-Gothic church in the Americas. This architectural treasure of Ecuador was designed by French architect Emilio Tarlier and finished in 1924. Although local legend suggests it will never be finished because, if it is, the event will mark the end of the country’s freedom. The name stems from Ecuador’s national consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1874.