Las Lajas Sanctuary
|Las Lajas Sanctuary|
|Location||Ipiales, Nariño, Colombia|
|Affiliation||Roman Catholic Church|
Las Lajas Sanctuary (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 Shrine of Our Lady of Las Lajas is a temple and basilica to the Catholic Christian worship and veneration of Our Lady of Las Lajas Ipiales located in southern Colombia and tourism and pilgrimage destination since the eighteenth century. The spanish Franciscan Fray Juan de Santa Gertrudis (Mallorca, 1724 - † Mallorca, 1799), in his chronicle of the journey between 1756 - 1762 in the south of the Kingdom of New Granada, published in four volumes under the title of "Wonders of Nature", the sanctuary mentioned in Book III, 2 possibly being the oldest reference to its existence. The current church was built between January 1, 1916 and August 20, 1949, with donations from local churchgoers. It rises 100 metres (330 ft) high from the bottom of the canyon and is connected with a 50 metres (160 ft) tall bridge to the opposite side of the canyon.
- "Las Lajas Sanctuary". Wondermondo.
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