Seriously. Not one. 1916-1949??? And you know I'm a stickler for yelling at people to visit their local library for pictures but that does not count for these shenanigans.Interesting. I can't find a single photo of its construction. May be I'm searching it all wrong.
I don't know if this could be related, but: John Stevens travels - 1711Las Lajas Sanctuary is a basilica church located in the southern Colombian Departmentof Nariño, in the municipality of Ipiales, and built inside the canyon of the Guáitara River.
This is the most convincing stuff. No great population around! The commute had to be a pain for all those workers, and the transportation of materials, no great roads or train system.
Without much detailed study, I immediately noticed the original red/white stripes of the building showing under the bridge. Great photos.
It does looks like a small sized town nowadays. Wonder if there are any pictures of the town during the first half of the XX century. Also I haven’t found pictures of the demolition of the previous chapel.Found this site full of pictures of the place. Santuario de Las Lajas Colombia.
It is clearly designed to cater for large, very large numbers of people wanting to set eyes on the miracle picture. The church as an institution is not know to pass up opportunities to cash in on such things and not averse to taxing by donation every churchgoer and visitor to pay for it.
There are at least two ways in and out, three if the one in the valley in counted and they get so many visitors that on some days, probably religious festival days the system is one way only as evidenced by the photo's on that page. Raking it in, is phrase from my past.
I know this is modern day but the area is not as depopulated as it appears to be.
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