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Guatemala City in Municipality of Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala
 

Lieutenant Colonel and Engineer Francisco Vela

 
 
Lieutenant Colonel and Engineer Francisco Vela Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 17, 2016
1. Lieutenant Colonel and Engineer Francisco Vela Marker
Inscription.
Guatemala
al Teniente Colonel e Ingeniero
Francisco Vela
Nacio en Quetzaltenango el 23 de julio de 1859.
Fallecio en Esquipulas el 26 de febrero de 1909.
Autor del Mapa en Relieve, el que principio el 19 de abril de 1904
y termino el 29 de octubre de 1905.

Colaboraron en esta obra:
Ingenieros: Claudio Urrutia y Ernesto Aparicio
Dibujantes:
Eduardo Castellanos, Salvador Castillo y Eugenio Rosal
Artista:
Domingo Penedo
Maestro de Obras: Cruz Zaldaña

English translation:
Guatemala
to Lieutenant Colonel and Engineer
Francisco Vela
Born in Quetzaltenango on July 23, 1859.
Died in Esquipulas on February 26, 1909.
Author of the Relief Map, which he started on April 19, 1904
and finished on October 29, 1905.

His collaborators in this work:
Engineers: Claudio Urrutia and Ernesto Aparicio
Drafters: Eduardo Castellanos, Salvador Castillo y Eugenio Rosal
Artist: Domingo Penedo
Master of Works: Cruz Zaldaña

 
Location. 14° 39.649′ N, 90° 30.5′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in Municipality of Guatemala. Marker can be reached from Avenida Simeon Cañas. Touch for map. The marker and bust are to the northeast of
Lieutenant Colonel and Engineer Francisco Vela Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 17, 2016
2. Lieutenant Colonel and Engineer Francisco Vela Marker
the Relief Map of Guatemala at the end of Avenida Simeon Cañas. Marker is in this post office area: Guatemala City, Guatemala 01002, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Engineer Claudio Urrutia M. (within shouting distance of this marker); Engineer Francisco Vela (within shouting distance of this marker); First Council of the City of Guatemala (approx. 1.5 kilometers away); Myrna Elizabeth Mack Chang (approx. 1.7 kilometers away); Assassination of Bishop Juan José Gerardi Conedera (approx. 1.7 kilometers away); Mariano Guerrero de Léon (approx. 1.8 kilometers away); University of San Carlos Faculty of Medical Sciences 1918-1921 (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); Federico Hernández de León (approx. 2.1 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guatemala City.
 
Regarding Lieutenant Colonel and Engineer Francisco Vela. The monument is interesting in that the stone blocks that make it up are engraved with letters and morse code of those letters. The pillar that supports the bust are only engraved with "Q". At this time the meaning of the engravings is not known.
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Lieutenant Colonel and Engineer Francisco Vela Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 17, 2016
3. Lieutenant Colonel and Engineer Francisco Vela Marker
This closer photo gives a good view of the engravings in the blocks of letters and Morse code. Their meaning is not currently known.
Lieutenant Colonel and Engineer Francisco Vela Bust image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 17, 2016
4. Lieutenant Colonel and Engineer Francisco Vela Bust
The bust by prolific sculptor Rodolfo Galeotti Torres is from 1963, so potentially this was part of a previous monument.
Vela's master work, the Relief Map seen from the east towards the west. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 17, 2016
5. Vela's master work, the Relief Map seen from the east towards the west.
This view looks over the major portion of the highlands of Guatemala. The vertical scale of the map was purposely exaggerated in order to show the drastic elevation changes in Guatemala. The observation tower seen in the distance is original from 1905.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 14, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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