Lajas - A Cathedral Built inside a Gorge
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Lajas - A Cathedral Built inside a Gorge

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I spent less than a day in the border town of Ipiales just to check out this small cathedral built inside a rocky gorge - Sanctuario de los Lajas which is about 7 km outside town. The cathedral is neatly constructed but has a rather tacky feel to it and I have to say that were it not for the setting the cathedral would not have been known more widely.

  • Gábor Varga about 1 month ago
    Awesome scenery! Awesome panorama! Nicely done!
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