Virgen del Panecillo

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  • The Panecillo is crowned at the moment by a giant sculpture of aluminum of the "Virgin of Quito", created in 1975 by the Spanish Agustín de la Herran Matorras, which was based on the Virgin of Legarda or Apocalíptica; An eighteenth-century work by Bernardo de Legarda, one of the most important representatives of the Quito School, which can be seen on the main altar of the Church of San Francisco.

    ¡Enjoy the amazing view!

    The Panecillo is a natural elevation of 3,000 meters above sea level, was named after this name for its resemblance to a small bread; Is located in the very heart of the city of Quito. It is one of the most visited sites in the city. Due to its location, it has become the most important natural viewpoint in the city, from which one can appreciate the urban layout of the capital, from its historical center and towards the north and south ends.

    My visit to Virgen de Panecillo: By Fernando Aranza - Puebla Mexico. @ferraranza.
    I really liked the view offered by the place, because you can appreciate the architecture of the city of Quito, the nature around the virgin. Once you get to the bagel virgin you can also visit the local Ecuadorian restaurants there , it´s very good. I really enjoyed going up to Panecillo because it is very cool. I arrived with some friends to the historic center using the ecovia, it's like a train that is in the city of Quito that takes you everywhere, when I get to the center my friends and I started walking up to Panecillo, we just climbed a little over the Half walking because we were tired, and then decided to take a bus (25 cents) which took us to the site.


    The globe represents the world and on it is the serpent, which represents the sin Eve committed

    The base of the monument measures eleven meters and thirty meters the image of the Blessed Virgin

    Upon entering the monument the visitors are at 3016 m.s.n.m. And when arriving at the mirador at 3027 m.s.n.m.

    The weight of the statue is 124,000 kilograms

    The open wing of the Virgin measures 90 square meters. These pieces were assembled on land and then assembled to the body

    The Crown of the Virgin is composed of 12 stars representing the 12 apostles or the 12 tribes of Israel

    The face of the Virgin Mary, like the other parts, were brought from Spain by boat, to Ecuador in 1974

    The dragon's head represents the demon.
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