La Virgin del Panecillo, Quito

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Ranking as one of the highest statues in the world, La Virgin del Panecillo stands as an aluminum sculpture assembled with more than 7,000 pieces. Built to honor the Virgin Mary, the statue depicts a graceful, serene image complete with wings and floral halo. Since the statue’s completion in 1974, the image has served as an icon of the city and a top sightseeing attraction. Besides taking photos, you can also look for the plaque placed at the entrance of the monument that names its developers and designers. Use our Quito route planning tool to visit La Virgin del Panecillo on your trip to Quito, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • October 3, 2017
    La Virgin del Panecillo is not your ordinary statue of the Madonna. It is less traditional with the wings of an angel. Locals claim that she is the only one in the world with wings like an angel.  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    It is amazing to see. We went at night. Many people there and a night market. Amazing views of the city. La Virgin is amazing see in person. A must go see  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    Seeing past reviews, warning of the dangers of walking up, after doing so, was most surprising. I saw nothing dangerous. There is a small park about half way up where some teens were playing volley ba...  more »

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