Nº 0002: Virgin Saint of the Sacred Antennas
Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. Cerro San Cristobal - Santiago de Chile. September 19, 2007

This is Santiago's patron saint: the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. She measures 22 meters high and stands on Santiago's most dominant hill - Cerro San Cristóbal - at 880 meters above sea level.
Her white-glowing beauty can be seen from practically all over the city. Close-up, however, she is a rather different story.
When standing at her feet, this marvelous sculpture - cast in France in 1908 - is sharply contrasted by ugly light stands and hideous white-and-red antennas.

Could they really not have found some other place to plant these horrid contraptions, or am I the only one who thinks that this is visual sacrilege?
Meanwhile, she just spreads her arms and looks up to the skies as if to say: "Forgive them father, because they know not what they are doing".

Luckily for the thousands of visitors of San Cristobal's summit, the view of the city from up here is second to none. Especially at sunset and on (rare) clear winter days.

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