Santuario de los Milagros

Northern Highlands

The jewel of Ciudad Antigua is the sensational Santuario de los Milagros, with its gorgeous brick arches and enormous wooden doors. Check out the Christ figure brought from Austria. Local legend has it that any time pirates entered the sanctuary, the sculpture grew to enormous proportions and the pillaging parties could not get it out the doors.

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