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Santiago, Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception

Santiago, Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception

 

The Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception on San Cristóbal Hill is one of the principal places of worship for the Catholic Church of Chile, as well as being an icon of Santiago, Chile. It is notable in particular for a large statue of the Immaculate Conception, which is located at the summit of San Cristóbal Hill, some 863 meters above sea level.

 

The statue of the Immaculate Conception measures 14 meters tall, and the pedestal on which it rests, 8.3 meters. It weighs 36,610 kilograms. On the pedestal there is a small chapel in which his holiness John Paul II prayed and blessed the city of Santiago on April 1, 1987. At the foot of the statue there is an amphitheater for holding masses or other religious ceremonies.

 

(source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctuary_on_San_Crist%C3%B3bal_Hill)

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Taken on December 3, 2011