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Buga, Valle del Cauca


Guadalajara de Buga is a medium sized city and municipality in the Valle del Cauca department of Colombia. It is famous for its Basilica del Senor de los Milagros, which houses an image of Christ called El Senor de los Milagros.

History

Guadalajara de Buga is one of the oldest cities in Colombia; founded in 1555 under the order of the Spanish conquistador Sebastian de Belalcazar and known as La Ciudad Senora (The Lady City) was the home of many wealthy families coming from Spain and settling in the new world. The king Don Felipe II (Phillip II of Spain) gave Guadalajara de Buga its official title of City at the end of the XVI century and also granted its coat of arms for the many services received to the crown.

During the years of Independence; Simon bolivar, also called: El libertador (The liberator) visited the city in two occasions in which two commemoration plates were placed.

External links

City of Buga Municipal Government

Milagroso de Buga home page

Mapa Turistico de Buga

Under the great influence of the Catholic Church was created a myth in which an indigenous woman, working as a clothes washer on the shores of the Guadalajara river, who was saving money to buy a little crucifix for herself, sew one day a man being detained by two Spanish soldiers; the man owned money to someone but he could not pay it back because he was very poor and had a wife and many children to feed; then the woman took the money she was saving and paid his bail (the money he owned) so he could be freed. After, she continued working on the shores of the river; until one day she sew a beautiful crucifix coming down floating on the waters, she rapidly grabbed it thinking it was someone elses who was near her but nobody was around; she took it to her hut now thinking it was a beautiful gift given to her from God, may be for her good actions. Then she noticed that the crucifix started to grow everyday, every time she sew it, it was bigger than before. Then she took it to the priests in the city which at first did not believe her but after they sew that what the woman was saying, "was true", they declared that a miracle had happened. The crucifix, now considerably bigger brought a lot of attention between the catholic devotes and it is then when they decide to build a temple for it. This is now called: La Basilica del Senor de los Milagros (The Basilica of the Miracles Lord) which attracts thousands of peregrines every year and also a museum was created to show all the miracles it has performed over the centuries.

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