Many churches are part of the tourist attractions of many places, either because of its antiquity or its architecture. The Sanctuary of Las Lajas amazed everyone thanks to its medieval architecture and its amazing location. This lovely location is one of the most photographed places in Colombia. Are you planning to spend your next holidays in Colombia? Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the most beautiful church in the world.
Where is the Sanctuary of Las Lajas?
Located in the municipality of Ipiales, The Sanctuary of Las Lajas is only 3 km from the border with Ecuador and belongs to the department of Nariño. While you are visiting this area, don’t forget to try the “Cuy”. A Cuy is a South American guinea pig. The cuy is one of the most popular ingredients in Ecuadorian and Colombian gastronomy thanks to its tender meat. Always accompanied by “pira” maize, steamed potatoes, peanut butter and cooked egg mixed with red chilli. Don’t miss the chance to try this delicious dish.
About the Sanctuary of Las Lajas.
The Sanctuary of Las Lajas was built on a slab that measures 3.20 high by 2.30 meters wide. This stone belongs to this geographical area and it’s located fifty meters above the river. The sanctuary of the Lajas, considered “the miracle of God on the abyss“, is visited every year by 750,000 parishioners. Certainly, Its most notorious characteristic is its exquisite Gothic style. However, it’s also fabulous how this construction rises from a canyon to a height of 100 meters on the river Guáitara. Declared in 2066 a sight of Cultural Interest of National Character, undoubtedly, this Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful areas of Colombia. The grey and white stone construction consist of three naves raised on a bridge of two arches that crosses the river and which functions as a sort of square.
To access, you must walk through a wide staircase with two hundred sixty-six steps that descend to one side of the sanctuary. To reach the atrium you must cross a bridge over the river that has guardian angels. From this bridge, you can admire frontally the sanctuary. Certainly, if you are visiting Colombia, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the Sanctuary of Las Lajas. Tell us what do you think about this beautiful construction?