El Panecillo

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Quito, Ecuador

El Panecillo Quito Reviews

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city view Sep 23, 2013
Last weekend I decided to take in the view of Quito from El Panecillo, a hill from which you can survey pretty much the whole city. i had been repeatedly warned how dangerous it is so I took a taxi. It didn't seem very dangerous on the way up but as a single female I guess there's no point in taking risks. The taxi ride cost $3 and I noticed the taxi meter was turned off, althoughlegally they're all supposed to use them. i asked the driver why and he just said "because we're going to the panecillo" which I suppose means they have the right to rip off any tourists who want to see the city's attractions! $3 isn't much but a taxi ride of that duration would probably cost less than a dollar on the meter.

Anyway the view was spectacular on reaching the top, especially because it was a lovely sunny day. i paid $1 to enter the huge statue of the angel and climb the stairs to get an even better view! They had some relgious exhibits inside, little tableaux of how christian holidays are celebrated in south american countries, nothing that interesting.

Outside there are souvenier stalls and snack stalls. i had to wait a while for a taxi going down which only cost $2! There is a city bus to the very top but i wasn't sure where it goes when it returns to the city so I opted for a taxi instead.

Definitely worth visiting for the view but not much besides that!
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The primadonna of Quito Aug 15, 2011
When you are in Quito - you see this far away blip of an angel and it's so intriguing. As it is like the Jesus statue watching over Rio, this madonna watches over Quito. It's a pretty quick cab ride away (make sure they put their taxi meter on to make sure you are not overcharged). The ride costs us less than four dollars and woooow. You get a GORGEOUS view of downtown Quito and the spectacular cathedrals. The statue is open till 5pm - and for the fee of a dollar you can climb the stair inside. On each level, there are items (like a museum) till you get to the belly where you can step out on the railing and gain an even more majestic view of Quito, the city, and its mountains. It's a spectacular attraction which cost us less than $5.

Some history behind the angel statue of El Panecillo - courtesy of Wikipedia

"In 1976, the Spanish artist Agustín de la Herrán 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 Panecillo. It is made of seven thousand pieces of aluminium. The monument was inaugurated on March 28, 1976, by the 11th archbishop of Quito, Pablo Muñoz 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, which is a classic madonna iconography. 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."
the statue of El Panecillo
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