Located on Lake Titicaca and best access point to the floating islands of Uros, Copacabana is a tiny village, humble architecture with a few farmhouses. In this environment the simple village church leaves one speechless with surprise. Not only the temple is huge and beautiful, but has a Mudejar style between mannerist. What makes this a church like that? History has its sights … When the Spanish arrived in Copacabana were stunned with the importance of the cults of Aymara culture that developed there.
So they decided to build a temple that would eclipse any other religion other than the Catholic. The church opened in 1580, houses that date to the Virgin of Copacabana. Revered by Bolivians, perhaps because their features are indigenous, soon became an important center of pilgrimage. Today the Shrine of Our Lady of Copacabana is of spectacular pilgrimages, blending rites of the Catholic religion with indigenous traditions.
Copacabana is a town traquilo to the border between Peru and Bolivia, on the shore of Lake Titicaca.
His church is actually a cathedral, built in the center, and important religious level for the Incas. They think it’s the birthplace of their civilization. Then come numerous pilgrimage to see the Virgin of Copacabana, which is also known as the “Queen of Bolivia.” Virgin is the most revered in the country.
The cathedral was built in 1580 after an apparition of the Virgin, in a Moorish style that recalls the churches of southern Spain.
the weekend you can see a peculiar ritual, people come, sometimes from afar, to name his car. Then decorate the car with flowers, colors and throw sparkling wine, while a priest goes to throw holy water, saying a prayer. There is an incredible noise, music, singing, dancing … People think it is good luck and avoid accidents. Knowing that Bolivia has the world’s most dangerous roads, is a good idea …