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El Quinche

(91 words)

Author(s): Freile, Carlos
[German Version] A village near Quito (Ecuador) and a center of important pilgrimages (Pilgrimage/Places of pilgrimage: III) known for the remarkable display of popular religiosity by people of Spanish descent, natives, and mestizoes. It houses a modern sanctuary for Nuestra Señora de la Presentación de El Quinche. The wooden sculpture created in 1586 by the Spanish sculptor Diego de Robles for the indigenous people of Oyacachi was set up at its current location in 1604. Carlos Freile Bibliography J.M. Matovelle, Imágenes y Santuarios Célebres de la Virgen Santísima, 1910.


(856 words)

Author(s): Freile, Carlos
[German Version] covers an area of 275,830 km2 and has a population of 13 million; its capital is Quito. Situated in the Andes in northwestern South America, it is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Colombia, and Peru. The climate is essentially determined by the Andean cordillera: while the coastal region (Costa) and the Amazon lowlands (Oriente) enjoy a tropical climate, the inner valle…