The largest equestrian bronze statue in the world
by Jorge Sanchez - 4 years ago
I was travelling by buses from Taos and Santa Fe, in New Mexico, to Mexico D.F., or about 2500 kilometers following the historical route “El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro”, which is a UNESCO Patrimony of the Humankind.
When I reached El Paso I felt excited.
Indeed, the mere name of El Paso evoked in me the images of old Western films with Hollywood actors riding their horses across the Rio Grande.
The originator of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro was Spanish explorer (born in Mexico from Spanish parents) Don Juan de Oñate y Salazar. In his honor had been erected a most amazing statue in front of El Paso International Airport.
Upon learning about the existence of that statue, thanks to some Mexican with whom I made friendship, I immediately took a bus to the airport.
The statue was extraordinary, apart from beautiful. Don Juan de Oñate was represented on a horse. The perfection of the statue was so great that I stayed in front of it for over two hours, like in a state of ecstasy.
That equestrian monument is, approximately, 11 meters tall on a 2.5 meters foot base, and its weight is 17 tons. It is considered the largest equestrian bronze statue in the world.
Back in El Paso downtown I still noticed another remarkable statue devoted to another Spaniard, Fray Garcia de San Francisco, who was born in Spain and travelled to Mexico during the first half of the XVII century. He was the founder of the Pass of the North.
The Fray Garcia monument is the first in a series of twelve monuments commemorating the 400 years of the region history.
Unfortunately, when I was in El Paso (May 2012), only this monument had been erected out of this series.
The next day I crossed the Rio Grande and entered in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.