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Liceo Matovelle (Ecuador)

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image by Ivan Sache, 1 September 2018

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Liceo Matovelle is located in Quito near the Basilica of the National Vow, a church imagined by Father Julio Matovelle in 1883. The construction of the sanctuary began in 1887; technically "unfinished", the basilica was blessed on 30 January 1985 by Pope John Paul II and inaugurated on 12 July 1988.

The lawyer, poet and politician Julio Matovelle (1852-1929) was ordained priest in 1880; member of the Constituent Assembly in 1883 after the fall of the dictator Veintemilla, he convinced Luis Cordero to erect the Basilica of the National Vow as a tribute to the victory. He founded the Congregation of the Oblates of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Congregatio Sacerdotum ss. cc. Jesu et Marie Oblatorum) in 1884, which manages Liceo Matovelle.
School website
Ivan Sache, 1 September 2018


The flag of Liceo Matovelle is horizontally divided orange-white-blue.
Orange is the color of communication and of all kinds of expression, highlighting human touch, mind safety and power of speech. Orange means that everything is made possible by force and dedication.
White denotes commitment to truth, expressed in vivid honesty, peace, hope, spirituality and light in mind and heart of the educational community. White reflects the force of God uniting the willingness of the man and the woman, generating virtue as a fruit.
Blue recalls that the two wings that allow humanity to fly are faith and reason, faith gaining knowledge of God and reason introducing into the depths of science. Blue is the expression of commitment and devotion to study.
The flag highlights the three pillars of the institute: Science, Virtue and Education.
Ivan Sache, 1 September 2018