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Savannah I. Whaley

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Virgin of Quito
Winter Break Photo Essays

Christmas in Cuenca

This year, my family and I spent Christmas in Cuenca and New Year’s in Quito, Ecuador—both cities are full of cathedrals and Spanish-style colonial architecture.

Virgin of Quito
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Virgin of Quito

View of the Virgin of Quito from Old Town

Cathedral Ceiling
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Cathedral Ceiling

Incan representations of the sun are situated alongside traditional Catholic iconography on the ceiling of Quito’s San Sebastian Church. This blending of symbols, called syncretism, can be observed in churches all around Latin America and was meant to entice indigenous people to the church.

Outside the Church of the National Vow
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Outside the Church of the National Vow

A man stands in the plaza outside Quito’s Basílica del Voto Nacional, the largest Neo-Gothic church in North and South America.

Market Nativity
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Market Nativity

A detailed nativity scene, complete with dinosaur, is displayed in one of Cuenca’s markets.

Festive River
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Festive River

Lights over Rio Tomebamba in Cuenca signal the holiday season.

Concert on Horseback
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Concert on Horseback

A uniformed man plays trombone in a pre-Christmas parade passing through Parque Calderon in Cuenca.

Pase de Niño Viajero
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Pase de Niño Viajero

Dancers perform in the Parade of the Traveling Child, held in Cuenca every year on December 24. Parades like this are held throughout Ecuador and some other parts of Latin America, but Cuenca claims to be the biggest, with 50,000 participants and 200,000 spectators.

Girl on Horseback
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Girl on Horseback

A small girl rides a lavishly decorated horse in Cuenca’s Pase del Niño parade. Adults as well as children go all out for the parade, dressing as angels, Santa Claus, or figures from the Bible, or wearing clothing from different regions of Ecuador and the world.

Doll and Pig
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Doll and Pig

A float in Cuenca’s Pase del Niño parade features a doll atop a roast pig. The name of the parade refers to a statue of the baby Jesus that was blessed by the Pope in 1961 and then returned to Ecuador.

Cuenca from Above
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Cuenca from Above

The three blue domes of the New Cathedral dominate Cuenca’s skyline. The city is well-known for its colonial architecture, and the center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Christmas Procession
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Christmas Procession

Decorated cars make their way to the much smaller Christmas Day parade in Cuenca.

Fireworks Over the Virgin
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Fireworks Over the Virgin

Fireworks explode over the winged Virgin of Quito on New Year’s Eve. The statue is based on a description of the Woman of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelations, and locals claim that Quito’s statue is the only one in the world with wings.

Changing of the Guards
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Changing of the Guards

A man passes on the opposite side of the street during the Changing of the Guards at Quito’s Presidential Palace on New Year’s Day. This half-hour event occurs every Monday and attracts a large crowd of locals and tourists even on rainy days—the guards sing, play instruments, ride horses and are sometimes greeted by the President himself.

Faculty in Line
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Faculty in Line

Faculty members wait to be admitted to the Faculty meeting to discuss a motion concerning the sanctions on single-gender organizations, held in Science Center B. The meeting was adjourned without a vote.

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