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Las Lajas Sanctuary

Las Lajas Sanctuary, evening view. The illumination on the structure comes on for 8 seconds, every 40 seconds, then everything is dark, I'm guessing it's an effort to save electricity, it sure makes it tricky to photograph properly lit.


From Wikipedia:


Las Lajas Sanctuary (in Spanish Santuario de Las Lajas) is a basilica church located in the southern Colombian Department of Nariño, municipality of Ipiales and built inside the canyon of the Guáitara River.


The church is of Gothic revival architecture and was built from January 1, 1916 to August 20, 1949, with donations from local churchgoers, replacing an old nineteenth-century chapel. The name Laja comes from the name of a type of flat sedimentary rock similar to floor tiles found in the Andes Mountains. There was a claim that an apparition of the Virgin Mary was seen. The a miraculous image on the stone is still visable today.


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Taken on June 26, 2011