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1. Las Lajas Cathedral, Colombia

Las Lajas Sanctuary is a minor basilica church located in the southern Colombian Department of Nariño, municipality of Ipiales and built inside the canyon of the Guáitara River. The present church was built-in Gothic Revival style in 1949. The inspiration for the church’s creation was a result of a miraculous event in 1754 when an Amerindian named Maria Mueces and her deaf-mute daughter Rosa were caught in a very strong storm. The two sought refuge between the gigantic Lajas, when to Maria Mueces’s surprise, her mute daughter, Rosa exclaimed “the mestiza is calling me…” and pointed to the lightning-illuminated silhouette over the laja. This apparition of the Virgin Mary caused pilgrimage to this location, with occasional miraculous cases of healing reported. The image on the stone is still visible today. The current church was built-in the time period from January 1, 1916 to August 20, 1949, with donations from local churchgoers. It rises 300 feet high from the bottom of canyon and is connected with 150 foot tall bridge to the opposite side of the canyon.