(America Records Institute - AMRI) Top Ancient and Modern Wonders of the Americas - P15 - Sanctuary of Las Lajas: The hidden gem in the most beautiful canyon in Colombia


(worldkings.org) Considered by many to be the most beautiful church in Colombia, the Las Lajas Sanctuary is one of the most incredible architectural monuments in the entire world.

The Sanctuary of Las Lajas (in full Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Las Lajas) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica located within the canyon of the Guáitara River in Ipiales, Nariño Department, Colombia. The Marian shrine is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary as Our Lady of the Rosary.



This Roman Catholic basilica is close to the border of Ecuador, built inside a canyon where you’ll also find the Guitara River. Las Lajas Cathedral is 100 metres high if you measure from the bottom of the canyon. It’s connected with a 50 metre high bridge to the other side of the ravine.

On top of being so divine and gorgeous architecturally, “Santuario de las Lajas” also looks like it’s hanging over the edge of a cliff. This is part of what gives it such a stunning appearance. The sanctuary looks like it’s straight out of a European fairy tale (much like the ethereal Borgund Stave Church in Norway).



If you can believe it, the Sanctuary of Las Lajas took 33 years to build. The years, however, were well-spent because the result is a world-renowned piece of art sitting on top of a dangerous mountain.

Local churchgoers at the time contributed to the building of the church. The present structure was built in Gothic Revival style, which tends to give off the impression that the church is much older than it looks.

This daring achievement of structural engineering was built by Ecuadorian engineer Gualberto Perez and Lucindo Espinosa from Pastaza. This sacred place, which is known for reportedly healing a daughter of being deaf-mute, was built as an homage to the Virgin Mary. The current version of the chapel is not the first – there were other structures on the site for centuries before. Because of this, we know it’s a very special place… and a breathtaking sight to visit.

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