Posted by: danielfee | July 11, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 07-11-2012

Garcia Moreno Street – Quito, Ecuador

In the historic center of Quito, Ecuador, this is the view looking down Garcia Moreno street. Iglesia el Sagrario is in the foreground and the Virgin of Quito (Virgen del Panecillo) is seen in the background on the hill. The building on the left with the flags is the 5-star Ecuador Plaza Granda Hotel located on the Plaza de le Independencia.

El Panecillo is a 200-metre-high hill of volcanic origin with its peak elevation of 3,016 metres above sea level. In 1976 an artist 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 Iglesia el Sagrario was constructed in the beginning of the 18th Century in the Neo-classical style. It is renowned for preserving paintings belonging to the 15th and 16th centuries. Today it serves as an active Roman Catholic church. The arches and columns of the building represent the Corinthian order and the entire building was beautifully decorated with frescoes and paintings by  renowned artist Francisco Alban.

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