“Sanctuary of Our Lady of Monserrate” in Bogotá, Colombia.

Miguel Angel Victoria Fotógrafo

The Sanctuary of Monserrate in the city of Bogota, holds great myths and legends about its construction and development. Besides being a tourist site of excellence. “The Sanctuary of the Fallen Lord of Monserrate” is located at top of the Hill of Monserrate, east of Bogota.
This name is given in honor of “Our Lady of Monserrate” located on a mountain near Barcelona, Spain.
Since, its meaning is “Teeth shaped mount”.

They say that by the eastern hills of Bogota, dwell spirits in silence next to the fallen Lord, the Chibcha and Muisca gods.

They say that by the eastern hills of Bogota, dwell spirits in silence next to the fallen Lord, the Chibcha and Muisca gods.

Some say that the sculpture of the fallen Lord hair grows, that when they have lowered the statue it weighs more than when they have risen it. They also say that couples who visit the Sanctuary never marry. That between Bogota and Monserrate there is a point where the sun rises and leads the way to reach El Dorado.
But myths and legends about the fallen Lord of Monserrate and the place where it is, contains more mysteries and focuses on beliefs, rites and miracles attributed to many people.
Among these stories is that of healing the sick who visit it, and in return, they will make promises of faith, like climbing on their knees to the sanctuary, climb the hill blindfolded, visit it every Sunday morning, well, there many promises that people make to get healed.
There are some people who say that where the sanctuary is located is the site of a volcano which is asleep, when it wakes up all of Bogota will tremble, the movement will be so strong that buildings will engulf and people will not have where to hide for shelter…

There are some people who say that where the sanctuary is located is the site of a volcano which is asleep, when it wakes up all of Bogota will tremble, the movement will be so strong that buildings will engulf and people will not have where to hide for shelter…

One of the most magical and fantastic legends that exist of this point of the city, has to do with the tightrope walker Harry Warner, who in 1895 walked a tightrope between Guadalupe Sanctuary and the crest of the hill of Monserrat.
They say that this man began walking the tightrope barefoot from the shrine of Guadalupe to the hill of Monserrat. Others tell that this tightrope walker was blindfolded, he executed several somersaults in which he landed only on one hand. In addition he would rest on one foot, play with balls, also transited on a bicycle, all on the tightrope.
They narrate that with his hands, he was holding a twenty-meter rod for balance. They also say that at one end of the rod, he held a giant skeleton head with his arms and legs open and at the other end was a ghost of Bogota cacique who hung by his the big toe.
Once he arrived at Monserrat, many people were waiting and asked: “How did you accomplish that?” Harry Warner replied that he was hanging a scapular around his neck that had an image of the fallen Lord of Monserrat, who with invisible strings, had held him, who also was saying to him “blessed are you who has believed”.
Thus we conclude these myths and legends about the Hill of Monserrate and the fallen Lord.

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Cerro de Monserrat in Bogota, Colombia
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How this Virtual Tour was made

The equipment used to perform virtual tour are the following:

  • Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
  • Lens Sigma 8 mm Fisheye
  • Nodal Ninja NN4 Tripod Head
  • Manfrotto 190 Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Remote Switch

The software processing of the image was

  • Lightroom to process RAW files
  • PTGui for stitching images
  • Photoshop general and local settings
  • PanoTour Pro for generating virtual tour
At the end of July we were in Bogotá, Colombia, taking a course of aerial photograph with a spherical 3 Phantom drone, with Colombian photographer Mario Carvajal.
Flying and take pictures does not guarantee good results unless we enforce. To take pictures, it will not be useful to be the best aerobatic pilot or race. We must prioritize safety as well as a smooth and fluid driving, especially in capturing image sequences to produce “equirectangular”. Having a photographic eye is vital. In addition to being able to pilot we should be able to compose and frame in real time while flying, check the battery consumption, and manage any incident. All this requires a lot of planning. Outdoor sun position is often our own worst enemy/ally in the case of aerial shots it is more relevant. It is essential to consider the position and height of the sun to avoid overexposure, as well as avoid the shadow cast by our team. SunSurveyorson applications are essential to plan a photo shoot. The other great enemy of the aerial shots with drone is the weather. Needless to say you cannot fly in the rain (any electrical junction usually ends in accident), or windy. In practice we do not get stable shots and some quality wind above Force 3 (Beaufort scale).

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