|Lake Fuquene on the way south to Ubate/Sutatausa|
By the time we arrived at the church it was beginning to get cloudy and while we were there it absolutely poured buckets.
The reason for coming here at all is that this church is the 'indoctrination' church, an early church used by the Catholics to encourage people, most particularly the natives, to join up. Located about a hour north of Bogota, this early church was settled by the Franciscans and Spaniards. The initial view of the church is one of marvel that the people of the late 1600's could produce such an edifice. But finding out the deeper and more sinister aspect of the methods of encouraging people to join this religion left me feeling very sad indeed.
|Interior of the church; secret room is off to the right.|
|Barely visible, there is a small latching door at right of guy's head.|
|Original frescoes on main wall of church were recently uncovered.|
One of the members of our group was small enough and had a camera and did take a photo, but she hasn't sent it to me yet. If/when she does, I will post it. (She was able to get out and return home with us, in case you were wondering.)
|Don Pedro, in red cap, points out our location on map.|
The group is standing on a bas-relief map of Colombia at the Nacional University College in Velez and our leader, who was the inspiration for doing a "Route of the Comuneros," is Don Pedro, an historian from Bogota and Barichara. He is wearing the red cap and pointing out where we are at present in the Andes.
|Rider needs help dismounting; horse may be pleased.|
|'Borracho' means drunk and this fellow was...|
|A street in Chiquinquirá on a Sunday.|
I hope you have enjoyed this tour with me, although 'enjoy' is hardly the word to use for that last church visit. Right now I am working on a new oil painting and so my next trip is as yet unknown.
I have a few ideas up my sleeve for some other postings, and I look forward to your comments on this one.