"Quinche" Quinche by malianrob

Quinche Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 50 photos

I hadnt planned on coming here, as a matter of fact I had never even heard of Quinche. We were on our way to Papallacta to relax for the day when my cousin Carlin said lets go into Quinche because its on the way. He said miracles happen here and people will literally walk to Quinche from Quito in hopes of a miracle.
My cousin told me that the artist who carved the Virgen went to take the sculpture somewhere else when it was completed. While crossing a suspended bridge something happened and the horse that was taking him fell to its death. The artist was hanging onto the bridge barely by his foot. The Virgen Mary appeared to him and told him not to be afraid he will be saved. few other miracles and appearances by the Virgen happened around this sculpture and they decided to bring it back to Quinche.

This I got off the internet.

This I got off the internet just to explain alittle about La Virgen de Quinche
"Feast: November 21. Our Lady of the Presentation of Quinche is a handsome wood sculpture carved in the 16th century by Don Diego de Robles, an extraordinary artist who is also credited with other popular and venerated images of Mary. History tells us that those who had ordered the image couldn't or wouldn't pay the sculptor for it, and he traded it to the "oyacachi" Indians for some large cedar boards he needed. At a later time, popular fancy enriched the facts with the legend that the Virgin had appeared earlier to the Indians in a cave and had promised to deliver them from the dangerous bears which devoured the children. The Indian chiefs were astonished when they saw Diego Robles arrive carrying the image of the Virgin, whom they recognized as having the same features as the Lady who had appeared to them in the cave and had spoken to them. The statue remained under the care of the Indians fifteen years, when the bishop of the place ordered it moved to the village of Quinche from which it finally took its name in 1604. The image is a fine carving in cedarwood, measuring 62 centimeters in height. The handsome sculpture is hidden by large brocade garments, covered with jewels and embroidered with gold and silver threads, which only allow the serene dark face to be seen. The Virgin holds a scepter in her right hand and with the left hand she holds the Child, who lifts a hand in blessing and in the other hand displays a gold globe crowned with a cross. The pedestal at her feet and the large half moon, both of pure silver, and the heavy crowns made of gold and precious stones which adorn the heads of Jesus and Mary, evidence the generosity of the people of Ecuador who like to see their patroness resplendent, dressed with the best finery. The face of the Child Jesus has features resembling those of the mestizo children of those mountains. Mestizo is also the color of the mother, synthesis of the Inca and Spanish souls. She has a delicate oval face with a slender nose, thin lips and a small mouth; her slanted eyes and her sad gaze with half closed eyelids give her a unique gentleness. This is why she is so popular in Ecuador, specially among the Indians who affectionately refer to their protector in heaven as "La Pequehita" (the little one). There are an amazing number of songs in honor of the Virgin of Quinche, in "Quechua," "Jibaro," and many other dialects of the region as well as in Spanish; many have been sung for 300 and even 400 years. The image was crowned in 1943 and her feast is celebrated each year on November 21. The present shrine was declared a National Sanctuary in 1985. "

Koa and I on the church steps.

  • Last visit to Quinche: Apr 2007
  • Intro Written May 10, 2007
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    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    Just before I left Quito last year there was an article in a newspaper about "Las 7 Maravillas de Quito", Santuario de la Virgen de El Quinche was one of them. I had not heard of the place either before that, but now I will probably visit when I go back to Ecador later this year.

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    Jan 13, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Maria, your pictures of Ecuador are great. Ryan


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