The symbol of Tegucigalpa is to be chosen
Over the last few days a contest was recently launched in Tegucigalpa, the contest is for choosing the symbol that is most representative for Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. This initiative was launched in the month of August 2011, and the objective of the contest is to choose from popular voting what is the most important symbol of the city as part of the celebrations of a new anniversary of the city in September 2011.
The city of Tegucigalpa was founded in September 29, 1578, so the city will be celebrating this month of September 2011 its 433rd anniversary. We have to say that this contest doesn´t have the official nationwide category some other contests have had in Honduras, as the recent contest for choosing the 30 Honduran Wonders, which was an official contest from the Government of Honduras, the 30 Wonders are to be named so by a law decree from the Government.
This contest about the symbol of Tegucigalpa was launched by the local Municipality of Tegucigalpa, and sponsored by the local newsapaper El Heraldo, and a few other companies and organizations who want to emphazise the importance of declaring the symbol that people in Tegucigalpa feel more proud of. We could say the contest is somehow official in Tegucigalpa
The contest is mainly addressed for the people who actually live in Tegucigalpa, or people who live somewhere else but were born in Tegucigalpa. However everybody in Honduras is invited to participate. Most people in Honduras know about the symbols that right now are part of the final list, and most people also have a good feeling abut what each and every symbol represents to the city.
In Tegucigalpa there are many monuments, statues and buildings that represent the spirit of the city, however the final list for this contest has only 12 symbols, one of those 12 symbols will be the winner.
The final list is the following:
- El Picacho Christ: it is a statue of a Risen Christ in the top of El Picacho mountain. You can see the statue from most parts of the city. It was inaugurated in 1998 and it is somehow similar to the Risen Christ of El Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro.
- Statue of General Morazan: it is a statue of General Morazan riding a horse, it is located in the Central Park, and has been there since the year 1883.
- The Cathedral: is the House of the Patron Saint of Tegucigalpa, Saint Michael. The Cathedral is a beautiful building in the Central Park of Tegucigalpa, and it was built from the year 1765 to the year 1786.
- Monument to Peace: it is located in the popular hill of Juana Lainez, it was built in the year 1948. This monument and the hill of Juana Lainez can be seen almost from any part of the city.
- Suyapa Basilica: this is the biggest catholic church in Honduras, it´s the house of the Virgin Mary of Suyapa, who is also known as the Mother of all Honduran people. The first foundation stone was laid in the year 1954, and the church has been under construction for several decades. It´s an amazing building, and has hosted many religious celebrations, including the only visit to Honduras of Pope John Paul II in the year 1983.
- National Stadium: the football or soccer stadium was inaugurated in the year 1948, the official name of the stadium is Tiburcio Carias Andino Stadium, who was the president of Honduras back in those years.
- Mallol Bridge: this bridge has been a connection for crossing the "Rio Grande" or "Big River" between Tegucigalpa and its twin sister city, Comayaguela, since the year 1821. The bridge was inaugurated just before Honduras became an independent country from Spain in that same year of 1821. This bridge is an incredible piece of engineering art, it has been there for 190 years and not even Hurricane Mitch back in 1998 was able to destroy it. Many other bridges in Tegucigalpa just collapsed with Hurricane Mitch when the furious waters of Rio Grande completely swept them, but not Mallol Bridge, it is still there, and according to the people in Tegucigalpa this bridge will be there forever.
- The Obelisk: located in the historical downtown area of Comayaguela, which is Tegucigalpa's twin sister city. The obelisk was built for celebrating the first 100 years of independence from Spain.
- Manuel Bonilla National Theatre: this is the highest seat and place for art and culture in Honduras, it was inaugurated on the independence day of September 15, 1915.
- Old Presidential House: it used to be the President's office from the year 1925 to the year 1992, it is located right in the heart of Tegucigalpa's downtown, only 3 blocks away from the Central Park. At the present time it is the Museum of Republican History.
- Toncontin Airport: since the 1930's has been the airport of Tegucigalpa. Even with all the problems it has up to the point it was named the 2nd most extreme airport in the world by the History Channel, people in Tegucigalpa feel very proud about it. Landing at this airport is a unique experience.
- La Concordia Park: it's a small scale replica of the archaeological site of Copan Ruins, located in the downtown area of Tegucigalpa. It was originally baptized with the name of Bogran Park in 1883. However, since 1939 the name was changed to La Concordia Park.
Ok, the voting process is under way, it´s time to vote. I've not decided yet which is my favorite symbol, all of them are part of Tegucigalpa's history. It´s not going to be easy for me to choose one of them, as for most people in Tegucigalpa.
May the best symbol win, it will be very interesting, don´t you think?