TABOGA  Taboga, Christmas 1999



Taboga Island, off the Pacific coast of Panama
Mainland Panama is in the background

The view is from one of the hills on the "seaward" side of the island
There is an old weather-beaten cross up there




The Taboga cross





Another shot of a lonely spot ... ... Enjoying the sun and the view.

"Taboga Cross Ecstasy"




Hace Veinte Años ~ 1979


Top Line (Latin): IN HOC SIGNO VINCES
(Spanish): CON ESTE SIGNO VENCERÁS
(English): In this sign thou shalt conquer

Bottom Line (Spanish): PAZ DE LA IGLESIA 613 CENTENARIO 1913
(English): Peace of the Church 1613 centennial 1913 [3rd Centennial]

That appears to be a weathered "6" after "IGLESIA". In the 15th-16th centuries the Spanish would leave the first digit "1" off of the date on coins. This could possibly the case here. The cross could have been erected in 1913 celebrating 300 years of Christianity on Taboga Island (the third centennial: 1613 - 1913). If the inscription was done in 1913 why would they leave off the first digit of the first date? For historic reasons they could have used "613" as the church documents may have listed it.


All photos ... © 1979, 1999 Bud Tristano


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