Monumental Post

Ailsa’s travel theme this week is: Statue.

 This statue of the Portuguese explorer,  Ferdinand Magellan stands in Plaza B. Munoz Gamero in Punta Arenas, Chile.   His expedition in the early 1500s was the first to sail from the Atlantic  into the Pacific, culminating in the first circumnavigation of the earth.

statue of magellan

 This detail from the statue shows a burnished toe, rubbed by many visitors, presumably to bring luck, or perhaps to ensure they will one day return.

detail of statue of magellan


On San Cristobal some 300 m above Santiago, this 14 m statue of the Virgin, Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepcion, rises like an ethereal vision. Continue reading “Monumental Post”