THE MYSTERY OF EL SOCAVON

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Legend holds that one night, a local thief was badly injured by the person he was trying to rob. The Virgin of Candelaria would have helped him find his way home, near a mine, and looked after him until his death. When miners found him, there would have also found an effigy of the Virgin hanging over his head.

Since that night, they call the mine El Socavón de la Virgen. A quite impressive church was built next to the mine entrance to provide a home for the Virgin: El Sanctuario de la Virgen del Socavón.

Monument to miners

A painting of La Virgen del Socavón

Gigantic Painting inside el Sanctuary of the Virgin of Socavón

The dome

The dome, a little closer

The dome, even closer

LE MYSTERE DU SOCAVON

La légende raconte qu’une nuit, un petit voleur fut gravement blessé par quelqu’un qu’il tentait de détrousser. La Vierge de Candelaria l’aurait aidée à rentrer chez lui, près d’une mine, et l’aurait veillée jusqu’à sa mort. Quand des mineurs le trouvèrent, ils auraient aussi trouvé une effigie de la vierge suspendue au-dessus de sa tête.

Depuis cette nuit-là, cette mine porte le nom de El Socavón de la Virgen. Une église assez impressionante a été construite près de l’entrée de la mine pour abriter la Vierge: El Sanctuario de la Virgen del Socavón.

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