Detail of the monument to the Virgin Mary located on top of El Panecillo, Quito, Ecuador - In 1976, the Spanish artist Agustin de la Herran Matorras was commissioned by the religious order of the Oblates to build a 45-metre-tall aluminum monument of a Madonna which was assembled on a high pedestal on the top of El Panecillo. It is made of seven thousand pieces of aluminum. The monument was inaugurated on March 28, 1976, by the 11th archbishop of Quito, Pablo Munoz Vega. The statue was engineered and erected by Anibal Lopez of Quito..The virgin stands on top of a globe and is stepping on a snake.  Less traditional are the wings. Locals claim that she is the only one in the world with wings like an angel. The monument was inspired by the famous "Virgen de Quito" (Quito's Madonna) also known as "the dancer" sculpted by Bernardo de Legarda in 1734, which now decorates the main altar at the Church of St. Francis. This Madonna represents a turning point of the Quito School of Art..
Detail of the monument to the Virgin Mary located on top of El Panecillo, Quito, Ecuador - In 1976, the Spanish artist Agustin de la Herran Matorras was commissioned by the religious order of the Oblates to build a 45-metre-tall aluminum monument of a Madonna which was assembled on a high pedestal on the top of El Panecillo. It is made of seven thousand pieces of aluminum. The monument was inaugurated on March 28, 1976, by the 11th archbishop of Quito, Pablo Munoz Vega. The statue was...
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