Mirror Reflections – Columbia & Russia


Las Lajas Sanctuary is a minor basilica built inside the canyon of the Guaitara River. Completed in 1949, it was designed using the Gothic revival style of architecture. The supposed apparition of the Virgin Mary to a deaf-mute, who suddenly was able to speak after seeing a silhouette while illuminated by lightning, inspired the building of the church. Up to now, believers can still see the image on the stone. The first shrine was built back in the middle of the 18th century using wood materials and straw. A larger one was built in 1802 that allowed access from the opposite side of the canyon through a bridge. The current structure was built staring in 1916 and took 33 years to finish.


Saint Basil’s Cathedral is named after Basil Fool of Christ, a saint in the Russian Orthodox Church. The Cathedral has extremely unique onion-shaped domes. These domes have been painted with vibrant and eye-catching colors. The Cathedral’s domes are now considered as integral parts of the skyline as viewed from the Kremlin. Ivan the Terrible had the church was built to celebrate the capture of the Khanate of Kazan. Tsar Fedor Ivanovich later added a chapel above the grave of the saint in 1588.

Though they are both truly very different from one another

it’s for the same purpose.

Something to reflect on.

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