On a hill only a 10-minute walk from the ruins of Saqsaywaman and overlooking the city of Cusco is the statue known as the "White Christ" or "Cristo Blanco."
The towering statue of Christ greatly resembles the "Christ the Redeemer" statue atop the Corcavado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This was extra funny as while I was In Peru, the hubster was just returning from Brazil on business! It was a “My statue is bigger and more famous than your statue” kind of conversation! LOL!
Almost every Latin American city with a hill nearby has a statue similar to this with the most famous being Rio's Cristo Redento. I always thought it was unique but so far Rio, Santiago, Lima and Cusco all have either statues of Christ , the Virgin Mary or Crosses overlooking their cities. Or a combination of the above.
However, the impetus for Christo Blanco statue in Cusco is a far different and interesting story. The Cristo Blanco statue was actually a gift.
The statue was erected by a group of Christian Palestinians who were seeking refuge in Cusco in 1945. Cristo Blanco represents a symbol of their gratitude to Cusco for accepting them and the statue was a parting gift when they finally returned to their home country.
Cusqueños (The people of Cusco) believe the statue serves as a reminder "that good deeds do not go unnoticed."
As kind as I found Peruvians to be on my first trip to Peru, I believe this too!
The ever present market on the way to the statue.
My fellow female travelers and I started joking about the number of times we were called "Lady! Lady! Lady!" within a day. As in "Lady! Agua! Quatro Sol!"
"You like, Lady? You buy! More Colors! You buy!" "Lady!! Lady!! Lady!!"
So big, you can’t get it all in one camera shot!
And he didn't call me "LADY!!"
Tourists taking photos of Cusco from the platform.
Sometimes there is a life lesson in a photo. As in – you have to back away from the subject at hand to see it all clearly! Several folks from my group are in this shot. I miss them!
Maddie, getting another great shot of Cusco below!
There are also 3 crosses on the hill.
When I saw these three, I thought of the 3 crosses at the crucifixion, but the center one held my interest, there is a name on the base:
And rocks. Rocks?
This is a bit outside of my culture and upbringing so when I come to things like this I am very interested to know all of the W’s : Who, Where, Why, What and When? And of course HOW!
Cross on top of the rock covered base.
I love the rolling countryside behind!
Robe on the 1st cross.
Cusco, Peru below!
Leaving Cristo Blanco to watch over Cusco
Ancient convent walls inside the hotel.
Inside the lobby!
The altar piece you see to the left was original to the convent, though the icons and statues have been removed. It dates to the 1500s.
I loved it! There was so much to see and do, and we didn’t get near enough time in Cusco, but let me tell you something, at 11,000 feet above sea level, even WITH altitude sickness pills and loads of water and plenty of rest, it was still an exertion to walk around town. Headaches were many amongst all of my travelers, and I didn’t escape it either.
The hotel provided us with Coco tea which is supposed to help your body adjust to the elevation, but really what it takes is TIME.
We were all glad that we hit Cusco before going to Machu Picchu, as Machu Piccho sits at ONLY 8,000 feet. We all felt much better by the time we descended back down to that elevation!
On the home front:
Quilt-Cam today at 2pm Eastern!! I’m so needing to sew, I hope you will join me!
I have spent the last 2 days at my desk – my editor returned my manuscript back to me for going over, and I’ve gone over it with a fine toothed comb! I’ve also submitted all of my graphics and my image log –each image needs to be checked against the number it is given in the manuscript so there are no guesses. This has been the hardest part for me, I’ve fought it the whole way. I’m a visual person..so looking at pages of numbers for images is must mind numbing.
Once I hit “upload” on that last evening – I had no idea what I wanted to do with myself for the evening. I was too brain dead to sew!
But at this point I think it is safe to say that my December 1st deadline of my final turning in of this manuscript will be met.
That leaves only two more teaching gigs this coming week, My dad comes in on Monday the 23rd, Thanksgiving, release of mystery clue #1 on Black Friday, December 1st deadline, and December 7th Jury Duty...oh, and did I mention that I have to have a crown replaced on my tooth?
Yeah, it's that kind of holiday time off!
Enjoy your Sunday, everyone. See you at 2pm!