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Las Lajas Sanctuary, Columbia

From series “The Most Iconic Temples in the World”
Year: 20th century.

Tourists who want to see one of the most unusual and most majestic religious buildings in the world can be recommended to go to Colombia, and in the surroundings of the city of Ipiales. Here is the unique neo-Gothic Las Lajas cathedral, which is more reminiscent of the ancient castle than of a typical religious building. You have chosen a rather original place for cathedral construction. It was decided to build them over the deep gorge of the Guitara river.

Las Lajas Sanctuary, Columbia The impressively large Basilica is located on the stone bridge, which looks incredibly brittle and fine compared to the huge building. As the legend tells, a local deaf girl named Rosa mid-eighteenth century saw the godmother who cured it. The strange event happened in the tiny cave on the slope of the ravine, which the pilgrims has drawn from the surroundings. A few years later, the first chapel was erected on this site, where the faithful came every day.

The majestic cathedral that can be visited today was built much later, mid-20th century. To get there, you have to walk over the 30-meter-long bridge, underneath which is the deep ravine of with sharp rocks. The tourists who wander in the picturesque places next to the cathedral can see hundreds of signs, on which the grateful pilgrims describe their incredible healing stories. Las Lajas is currently the most famous and visited attraction in Colombia. The unique Basilica was built on donations from the church community. To the beginning - Taj Mahal

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Best hotels near Las Lajas Sanctuary

Hotel Sello Dorado

Located in 55 km from Las Lajas Sanctuary
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Rooms: 25
The rooms in Hotel Sello Dorado feature a desk, ironing facilities, and a CD and DVD player. Room service is provided. There is a 24-hour front desk … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel del Parque

Located in 56 km from Las Lajas Sanctuary
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Rooms: 20
Providing a tranquil environment, the rooms in Hotel del Parque feature private bathrooms with hot water and LCD cable TVs. Hotel del Parque is 30 km … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Palermo Suite

Located in 57 km from Las Lajas Sanctuary
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Rooms: 12
Providing a tranquil environment, the rooms in Palermo Suite feature private bathrooms, minibars and TVs. Guests at Hotel Palermo Suite are provided … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Fernando Plaza

Located in 58 km from Las Lajas Sanctuary
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Rooms: 34
The spacious rooms at the Fernando Plaza feature chocolate brown wooden furnishing and floors, with matching curtains. All are equipped with cable TV … More: photo, rates and booking

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