Virgin of Quito on El Panecillo in Quito, Ecuador - Encircle Photos

Virgin of Quito on El Panecillo in Quito, Ecuador

The centerpiece of El Panecillo is the 148 foot Virgin of Quito. The winged Madonna is standing on a chained serpent representing the devil as it tries to dominate the earth. Her halo (diadem) consists of 12 stars. The seven thousand pieces of aluminum can be seen glistening in the sun from most points in the Historic Centre of Quito. This work by Agustín de la Herrán Matorras was erected in 1976. Virgen del Panecillo is a facsimile of the religious icon on the altar of El San Francisco Church. That wooden sculpture was created by Bernardo de Legarda in 1734. This imagery depicts the Woman of the Apocalypse as described in the Book of Revelation, the last section of the New Testament.

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Virgen del Panecillo, El Panecillo, Quito 170111, Ecuador

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