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.

statue of the Virgin San Cristobal Santiago

Below, Jean de Beaumanoir, Marshal of Brittany, famous for his role in the  War of  Breton Succession during the 14th C.  It stands in Place Duclos in Dinan, Brittany.

statue in Dinan France

This statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, first King of a United Italy, stands on Riva degli Schiavoni near the Doges Palace in Venice, caught in silhouette near sunset.

statue of King of Italy in Venice

Lastly, one of Canada’s heroes, Terry Fox.  This monument overlooks Lake Superior near Thunder Bay, near the spot in 1980  that Terry had to abandon his Marathon of  Hope.  Starting in Newfoundland, he ran the equivalent of a marathon a day on  a cross-country run to raise funds for cancer research.  Terry himself had  lost a leg to cancer and did his run on an artificial leg.   He ran 3,339 miles in 143 days.  Terry had to abandon his run because the cancer returned.  He died in 1981 at the age of  22.  He had  hoped to raise $1 for each of Canada’s then population of 24 million.   Many events are hosted annually in his name, including the fall Terry Fox Run.  To date, over $600 million towards cancer research has been raised in Terry’s name.

statue of Terry Fox at Thunder Bay Ontario

statue of Terry Fox at Thunder Bay Ontario


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