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🚩 Location: Vista del Santuario de Las Lajas, Nariño, Colombia 🗺 Coordinates: 0.805026, -77.585768 • This neo-Gothic cathedral is located 7 km from the town of Ipiales in the department of Nariño, near the border with Ecuador, in the canyon of the Guaatara River. One of the features of this cathedral is that it is built right on the bridge. On the site near which the church is now built, according to legend, there was a cave that was notoriously popular among locals and was avoided, but once in 1754 a miracle happened here. The Indian woman and her deaf-mute daughter saw on the rock the image of Our Lady, after which the girl spoke. Soon there was a second miracle: the same girl fell ill and died, and the icon revived her after the prayers of her mother. The woman told about what had happened, the rumor quickly spread around the neighborhood, and the cave became a place of pilgrimage. Forty years later, a small chapel was built next to the icon, then two temples, but they could not accommodate those wishing to pray Senora de las Lajas. The construction of the modern church took 32 years and ended in 1948. It was decided to connect the edge of the gorge with an arch bridge, and on it to build a church. The church is supervised by the Franciscan communities of Colombia and Ecuador.
• The temple stands in the valley of the Guaatara River, to the nearest town, Ipiales, 7 km. From Ipiales to the temple, you can take a taxi (5 000 COP), a minibus (2 000 COP) or a shuttle bus towards Potosi. Transport stops in 15 minutes of walking from the bridge, along the road a lot of souvenir shops. The entrance to Las Lajas is free, the dress code for the visit is the same as for all the Catholic churches.