Sunday 14 September 2014

Panecillo - The Virgin of the Apocalypse, Quito



The whole city of Quito – full name, San Francisco de Quito – is dominated by a large aluminium figure of the Virgen of the Apocalypse, with wings, twelve stars around her head, and a chain that secures the serpent-demon-Satan in his prison for the thousand years. The figure, set on a hill called the Panecillo or Little Loaf of Bread, just outside the historical centre, can be seen from any part of the city. Robert Garcia said that as long as you could see the statue, you knew you were in Quito. The statue faces the northern, better-off part of the city; behind it is the poorer, more densely populated southern part. “Even the Virgen turns her back to the southern part of the city.” The statue is modeled on the original which is in the Church of San Francisco in the historical centre.


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