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Sanctuary of Our Lady, Las Lajas, Colombia 18 Dec 2016

Posted on 18 Dec 2016
Sanctuary of Our Lady, Las Lajas, Colombia
Sanctuary of Our Lady, Las Lajas, Colombia
Sanctuary of Our Lady, Las Lajas, Colombia

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This stunning Gothic-revival church is set in dramatic surroundings, built on a 130-foot-tall bridge inside the valley of the Guáitara River in southern Colombia. Originally the site of a 19th-century chapel, the current structure was built between 1916 and 1949 using donations from local churchgoers. It might seem like an odd place to build a church, but it is said that several miracles occurred here, which is why the site was chosen. The first alleged miracle occurred in 1754, concerning a woman named Maria Mueces and her deaf-mute daughter Rosa. A dreadful storm left the pair stranded, and they took shelter between some rocks. Rosa – deaf and mute – suddenly called out and pointed to a rock, where an image of the Virgin Mary appeared holding the baby Jesus. Visit Colombia and take in a different famous religious building, the underground Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral, on Insight Guides’ Colombia Express trip. Alternatively, chat with one of our Colombian local experts today, who can add a visit to Las Lajas to your holiday itinerary.

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