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

Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Señora del Agua Santa), Banos: Address, Phone Number, Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Señora del Agua Santa) Reviews: 4.5/5

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

Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Señora del Agua Santa)
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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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Tommy G
Strathroy, Canada2 contributions
AmAzInG
Aug. 2020
Amazing Place .. I want to go back ... The black stone in this church is actually made of lava rock .. amazing paintings and statues of Mary .. I had a local Catholic guided who took me too light a candle .. very special ... very spiritual journey ... highly recommend ... Peace and Blessings Tommy G
Written July 4, 2021
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michael c
Ahus, Sweden1,017 contributions
great church
Oct. 2020
nicely lit-up in the evening. located smack in the center of Banos. one of view sights and churches in town.
Written October 15, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,603 contributions
Celebrating the appearance of Mary
Feb. 2020
This church in Baños has Basilica status as it is also a center of pilgrimage. Catholics believe Mary, the Lady of the Rosary and of the Holy Water appeared at one of the nearby waterfalls and is responsible for many miracles that happened in the region. Pilgrims flock to the church in October each year

Inside the church there are paintings depicting the miracles. Remarkable I found the painting of a man who survived a fall with his horse from a cliff into the Pastaza river. But also eruptions of Tungurahua volcano are believed to have been limited due to the intervention of Nuestra Señora.

Anyway the church is also the lively center of the Catholic community in Baños and unlike many of the churches in Quito, is welcoming guests.

Note the volcanic stones that were used as building material and the neogothic style (pointed arches and windows) that almost feels celebratory. The church was completed in 1944.
Written February 2, 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,340 contributions
Not to Be Missed
Jan. 2020 • Couples
What a delicious find this was as we wandered through downtown Banos. The interior is exquisitely beautiful, with the original paintings and murals delicately adorning the walls. We were really blown away by the Beaty of this church - and it’s not just another church. This one is special - that’s why it get five stars.
Written January 29, 2020
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Leigh-Traveler2015
Birmingham, AL996 contributions
Community Church
Jan. 2020 • Friends
Nothing fancy. Typical small town church. Worth sticking your head in but no need for an extended tour- unless you are really into it. You can see it from everywhere...
Written January 2, 2020
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Travel4Fun921
Kabul, Afghanistan106 contributions
Beautiful interior
Oct. 2019
Situated right in the heart of Baños, this church is quite beautiful and charming. I loved the paintings that decorate the interior, reminiscent of the cathedrals of Europe. Worth the visit!
Written November 1, 2019
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NDFNorway
Norway16 contributions
Beautiful church
Oct. 2019
A very beutiful church with many paintings showing the history. It was hared for me to reconcile the beauty and splendor of the church with some of the povity in the area
Written October 29, 2019
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CCharlie1991
Quito, Ecuador73 contributions
Lovely church
Aug. 2019 • Friends
A must see in Baños, a fast look and a picture. But the architecture is quite unique and the inside is very nice.
Written August 18, 2019
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SLBHAM1960
163 contributions
Beautiful Church in Middle of No Where
Jul. 2019
I feel Banos is situated in a remote part of Ecuador. It is a delightful town. The church is located in the downtown area with shops, restaurants, and markets around. A very peaceful place to visit and beauty abounds with the grounds and the structure. A must see!
Written August 6, 2019
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Lisa M
Washington DC, DC120 contributions
Quiet & meditative space
Jul. 2019 • Solo
The sanctuary is beautiful. I especially appreciate the ceiling & the wooden accents in the arches. The alter include more red than I've seen elsewhere, but it coordinates with the frames of paintings on the wall. Paintings depict historic events & miracles credited to Santa Rosaria de los aguas salvas. Next to the sanctuary is a chapel with a statue of La Virgen de Aguas Santas. There is also a quiet cloister garden which is lovely, even if you don't choose to visit the museum inside.
Written July 15, 2019
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