In southern Colombia, almost reaching the border with Ecuador, a place of worship and pilgrimage has become one of the main tourist attractions in the country. Las Lajas Sanctuary It is an imposing church with Gothic architecture known as 'A miracle of God in the abyss', it is a jewel of engineering built on the canyon of the river Guáitara, in the village of Las Lajas, municipality of Ipiales.

The stone basilica is about 50 meters high, surrounded by waterfalls, built in a Gothic style and with an impressive wealth of details, including arches, mosaics, towers and natural stone walls. In one of them is the image of the Virgin of Nossa Senhora do Rosário, also made in stone. Every September 16th, thousands of devotees to the Virgin travel to the sanctuary to pray. If the trip has no religious purpose, it is best to avoid visiting at this time of year.

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Photo: Juan José De La Torre Leon

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Photo: Kazuhiro Nishimura

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Photo: Lowfill Tarmak

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Photo: Morganne Beck

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Photo: Roman Korzh

Photo: Roman Korzh

Photo: Roman Korzh

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