The crystal structure of the two isostructural rare earth tungstates Ln6WO12 (Ln=Y, Ho) has been refined by the Rietveld method from X-ray powder diffraction data. They crystallize with a three-dimensional rhombohedral structure (S.G. R3¯ and Z=3 for the R-centered setting) closely related to that of the binary oxides Ln7O12 and deriving from the ideal fluorite structure. Final refinements, with isotropic thermal motion for each atom, resulted in profile and structure factors Rwp=0.166, RF=0.037 with Ln=Y and Rwp=0.121, RF=0.040 with Ln=Ho. The rare earth element is sevenfold coordinated with Ln–O bond lengths ranging from 2.19 to 2.70 Å for Y6WO12 and from 2.18 to 2.68 Å for Ho6WO12; the coordination polyhedron may be described as a monocapped trigonal prism. The tungsten atom is located at the center of a WO6 octahedron with a unique W–O distance of 1.98 and 1.92 Å for Y6WO12 and Ho6WO12, respectively.