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Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Milagros  
   

Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Milagros

This tree lined cobblestone plaza in front of the cathedral can accomodate 300,000 pilgrims.
The Mecca of Paraguay

March 26th 2006
It was a two hour bus ride out of Asunción to Caacupé, the Mecca of Paraguay, a small town dominated by a large cathedral, the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Milagros (consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1988). According to the legend, the Blue Virgin of Caacupé saved a converted Guaraní from a band of Mbayáes hostile to the Christian faith. To show his gratitude he carved and image of th ... read more
South America » Paraguay » Caacup

Paraguayan Flag In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70), Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males and much of its territory. It stagnated economically for the next half century. In the Chaco War of 1932-35, large, economically important areas were ... ... read more
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