Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle

We visited the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle National Shrine. The Basilica was dedicated on April 19, 1980. The present structure replaces one that was destroyed on October 23, 1970 when a pilot flew his airplane directly into the Shrine. Very significant for the many pilgrams visiting the shrine was the fact that the statue of la Virgen was rescued from the flames completely intact.

The inside of the Basilica is very modern looking, as I hope everyone can see from the pictures. As you enter, your view the alter area your drawn to the rear wall and the ststue of the Virgin Mary.

The North side of the Basilica has a big Mosiac of Jesus and the Virgin Mary which can be seen when passing by on the expressway. Even viewing it up close it is still quite a sight to see.