If Bolívar and San Martín raised their heads, they would come back to life just out of the pride of seeing the monument erected in their honour!

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La Rotonda monument

Secret and historic meetings.

The semi-circle of Guayaquil's la Rotonda reflects a landmark in the city's history: the meeting that was held right here between Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín in 1822 in order to decide Guayaquil's future. Can you imagine the two historical figures, leaders of American independence, conversing in secret and without any witnesses there and shaking hands in agreement? The monument is known as the Entrevista de Guayaquil (Interview of Guayaquil), it is made out of marble and was principally designed as a roundabout with an impressive sculptural ensemble but it wasn't effective for the course of traffic and was turned into a semi-circular monument. Curiously, this work was awarded by Guayaquil to the Spanish sculptor José Antonio Homs who worked in Barcelona on the sketches and cast while the high relief was finished in Florence. It was then shipped to its destination on a steamboat at the end of the 1930's. It is worth a visit just for the adventure and its historic testimony.

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