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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  • Original statue can be seen a bit across the top of the Hill of the "Panecillo". A lot of tourists, but also inhabitants of Quito. Go in the morning for the brightness.
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  • Allows the view of much of the city of Quito and the horizon for 360° several volcanoes (more than 10) that, on a clear day will give a visual sensational climb taxi because it is heavy. Pay U $4 by the rise and U $8 downhill because the driver convinced us to go further in such a Crystal Palace which is a nonsense. Pay more expensive and we're really walk.
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  • A beautiful site to a great view of the city, with a wide area for Park as a place to buy crafts and try variety of sweets and drinks as the rich canelazo.
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