This building is a masterpiece of architecture.
Near the town of Ipiales (Colombia) to the gorge is amazing in its beauty the Cathedral of Las Lajas. It is built on the bridge, and the altar is directly adjacent to the rock. Amazing delicate neo-Gothic architecture attracts thousands of tourists and relic, hidden inside, is a place of pilgrimage for over 250 years.
The Cathedral of Las Lajas (El santuario de Las Lajas) is called the Colombian wonder of the world. It is built in the form of a castle, and the facade is reminiscent of lace. The Cathedral conducts a 30-meter arch bridge.
With the emergence of the temple is a beautiful legend. Several centuries ago an Indian woman named Maria de Music Quinones was walking with his deaf-mute daughter Rosa from a small village in the town of Ipiales. On the road the travellers caught a storm and they took refuge in a cave nearby. While the woman waited out the weather, the girl climbed on the rocks and exclaimed, “Mom, there is depicted a half-breed with a small breed and two-breed next!” The woman was so glad her daughter spoke, and she absolutely did not attach importance to the strange picture in the middle of the cave.
The Indian never told anyone about the image on the stone. Some time later her little daughter died, the mother and her prayers rushed into the cave. A miracle happened – the daughter was alive, then the woman told the village about the discovery. It led to the cave of the pastor, and after him came all the other inhabitants of the village. Seeing the picture, the shepherd fell on his knees and exclaimed that it was the Countenance of the Mother of God. This incident occurred on 15 September 1754.
View of the Cathedral of Las Lajas before the restructuring, in 1916.
The cave became a place of pilgrimage. To protect the rock icon of the Mother of God holding in her arms the infant in the same year he supplied the Church with a thatched roof, which was rebuilt several times. In 1769 at the expense of alms from the congregation began to build the Cathedral.
In 1916, the Cathedral was rebuilt again. The authorities felt that the previous design was too simple-minded for such shrines. Final finishing touches were completed in 1949. The Cathedral of Las Lajas perfectly fits into the surrounding landscape, and its neo-Gothic architecture suggests that the building was built a few centuries ago.
Icon on stone in the Cathedral of Las Lajas.
Inside the Cathedral the sight of the congregation attracts bright icon on the stone. For all time of existence of the Shrine it was never restored. Just finished the crown over the heads of the Saints. There is a perception that the stone, which shows the icon of the soaked paint on the meter depth.
The Cathedral Of Las Lajas. The interior decoration.
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