Monumento al Sagrado Corazon (Monument of the Sacred Heart), San Sebastian

Monumento al Sagrado Corazon (Monument of the Sacred Heart), San Sebastian

The Monument of the Sacred Heart is a spectacular monument located at the highest point of Mount Urgull in San Sebastian. From this vantage point, visitors are treated to breathtaking views of San Sebastian's two famous beaches, Ondarreta and Concha, as well as the surrounding mountains. The monument was erected over a period of several years, with the Board of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Monument constituting in 1939 and the monument being completed in November 1950.

The monument was designed by architect Pedro Muguruza Otaño, in collaboration with sculptor Federico Coullant. The monument stands on a 10 x 8 meter base with a staircase, and a trapezoidal shape 13.6 meters high emerges from it. This trapezoidal shape houses the chapel and represents the elevation of the image. Above it, a 2.5-meter octagonal pedestal serves as a transition to the cylindrical shape of the image. The 12.5 meter image of the Sacred Heart stands atop the pedestal, facing the city with the right hand in an attitude of blessing and the left pointing to the Heart. On the front of the trapezoidal shape, there is a plate with a relief of the Heart of Mary.

The body of the monument is made of concrete, covered with stone veneer in the base and trapezoidal area. The image of the Sacred Heart was made with special concrete with marble and white cement aggregates in the noble areas, and covered with slightly yellow-colored sandstone for the rest of the figure.

The monument was inaugurated on November 19, with the blessing of the statue and a mass officiated by the bishop. Later, a chapel was built adjacent to the monument, which serves as a shelter for the faithful. The chapel was inaugurated on December 26, 1955.
The monument stunning location, intricate design, and historical significance make it a unique and memorable attraction.

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Sight Name: Monumento al Sagrado Corazon (Monument of the Sacred Heart)
Sight Location: San Sebastian, Spain (See walking tours in San Sebastian)
Sight Type: Statue/Public Art
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