Manhattan, New York, 17 de Septiembre de 2004 --

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TURISMO - IPIALES

SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF LAS LAJAS IN IPIALES, NARIÑO, COLOMBIA

"Another world's wonder"

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Pictures by Dr. Servio Tulio Caicedo Velasco - Effects and Web design by Arturo Coral-Folleco

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The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Las Lajas  in Ipiales, Nariño, Colombia

Located 7km from Ipiales, on a bridge which spans a spectacular gorge of the Guáitara River, is this gothic church. Legend has it that an image of the Virgin Mary appeared in the mid-18th century on an enormous rock above the river. Interestingly, the church has been constructed in such a way that the rock (and image) is its high altar. Pilgrims from all over Colombia and Ecuador journey here and, unsurprisingly, reports of miracles at the site are not uncommon. Accommodation is suitably ascetic, being provided in a small but cheery convent up the road from the church.

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Other World's Churchs

Left: Saint Patriks' Cathedral in Manhattan, New York; Right: Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in France

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The Signora Familia's Church in Barcelona, Spain - Pictures by Edison Mueses Coral (Born in Ipiales)

The Signora Familia is a church, designed by Gaudi, which has been under construction for over a hundred  years and still is. It has to be one of the most bazaar and creative structures even conceived. Look at it, have you ever seen anything like it! 

The front of the building looks like a cubist nativity scene but has these tall gothic looking spire things behind it. The colorful mosaic marshmallow designs at the time of the spires are out of this world. You can't help staring at them and wondering how anybody could make a viable structure out of them. They're incredible.

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by Artur Coral-Folleco - 2004 - Manhattan, New York, USA

ac@ipitimes o artcoral@go.com