Jose de San Martin Monument
Public Art : Jose de San Martin Monument
Also Known As : Monumento a José de San Martín
Sculptor : © Mariano Benllure (September 8th,1862 -
November 9th, 1947)
Description : 14.6 feet (16m) high granite and bronze
monument to General Don José de San Martín (February 25th, 1778 - August 17th, 1850) hero the Spanish American Wars
of Independence. The colossal bronze equestrian statue depicts the General crossing the Andes on his Arab
Date Unveiled : It was inaugurated on 27th July,
Location : Monument to Jose de San Martin is located
in the Plaza de San Martín in Lima, Peru.
Peru is from this moment free and
independent will of the people and by the righteousness of the cause that God defends. July MDCCCXXI
Soldiers, This is the first flag
was blessed in America. Swear sostenedla dying in his defense I swear.
Background : The monument to Jose de San Martin was
erected in commemoration of the centenary of the Independence of the Peruvian nation.
The then President of Peru, president Agusto B. Leguía, was keen to celebrate the important event
by commissioning a series of scultures for the parks and streets for around the city. In particular the building of
the memorial to San Martin was "paying a gratitude debt to the Argentinian Liberator". Plans began in 1906 which
Started with an the international contest to find a sculptor. The winner was Mariano Benllure who at the time was
the director of the "Academia Española en Roma", the Spanish Academy in Rome.