Ecuador — Quito, El Panecillo and the Virgin of Quito


Virgin of Quito atop el Panecillo

The day after our tour officially ended and our group disbanded, Ursula and I decided to tour Quito on our own on Quito’s version of the Hop-on/Hop-off bus. The Quito Tour Bus company has a fleet of red double-deckers, as you can see here:

Quito Tour Bus — Hop-on, Hop-off

One of our stops on tour included el Panecillo (the Little Bread), a 200-meter/660-foot volcanic hill that overlooks central Quito from the southwest. The elevation here is a lofty 3,016 meters/9,895 feet above sea level, and the views are . . .

Quito panoramic from atop el Panecillo

At the very top of el Panecillo is the 45-meter/148-foot tall statue dedicated to the Virgin of Quito, a Madonna based upon the original Virgin of Quito dating back to 1734. This statue, however, was dedicated  some 242 years after the original.

Virgin of Quito standing on a dragon coiled around a crescent moon atop a globe

From a distance it appears the Virgin of Quito is made of grey masonry, especially on a cloudy day, but a close-up image reveals that the statue is comprised of individual pieces of aluminum—7,000 pieces of aluminum.

Virgin of Quito — 7,000 pieces of aluminum

Now for more images of the view here:

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