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DID YOU KNOW?
The Virgin of the Panecillo or the Virgin of the Apocalypse was assembled in 1975 by the Spaniard Agustín de la Herrán Matorras who served Ecuador as a civil engineer for the German geophysical mission.
The Spaniard based the construction of this masterful work on the figure of the Apocalyptic Virgin of Legarda. During its assembly, some technical and developmental difficulties arose, because it was not planned that this figure would become one of the largest monuments in the world, even larger than ¨Christ the Redeemer¨ in Brazil.
This monument has in its interior around 7400 numbered pieces brought by ship from Spain. They thought that it would be easier to assemble it as a puzzle with each piece unique and connecting with another in a perfect way.
What does this figure represent?
According to local legends and also based on the biblical book of Revelation, this figure represents how the Virgin Mary trapped one of the demons with her feet. This demon would, according to legend, destroy Quito with his inhabitants.
It is told that if the virgin releases the demon, the moment of the Final Judgment for Quito will start. Myth or truth what do you think?
According to the legend the virgin represents what is written in the book of Genesis. While the serpent represents the sin when Eve bit the forbidden apple.
The 12 stars on the crown of the virgin represents the apostles who accompanied Jesus at the last supper.
Why is it called Panecillo?
PANECILLO became the popular name after a workman, sitting on the base of the monument, ate a muffin and was surprised to find that the muffin had the same shape as the base he was sitting on. When he told this to his fellow workers, the name spread like wildfire. Panecillo means little bread.
The virgin weights 124.000 kg and represents one of the most historical and emblematic figures of Quito and Ecuador and is National Patrimony according to Unesco.
Inside, it houses a museum, a visit worth for who wants to appreciate this majestic work.