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If you go to Avenida Ejército Nacional No. 11 you will see a very peculiar temple since few churches have their origin in legends, faith, and miracles that happened before their eyes, or at least that is what the fervent believers assured that during the 17th century they heard the strange story of a peasant who was herding his mules in the open air, but they did not want to pass by a very specific place, behaving strangely when they approached that area as if they knew they should not step on the ground.

When he checked the land well, he discovered that grass was growing on it in the shape of a cross. He ran out to warn the rest of the inhabitants, who took it as a divine sign and that is how in 1540 this temple was founded.

Whether if you are a believer or not, you can't miss this place that was built on the site marked by the cross and is still considered miraculous to this day. It is the same people who indicate that the cross is always alive, does not dry out despite rain, snow, or drought. It even survived during the Reform Laws period, when General Antonio Rojas tried to destroy it and it grew again.

Around 1777, some merchant brothers were in charge of building the temple as it looks now: a space of 35 meters (115 feet) long and 10 meters (30 feet) wide. In addition, in the area of the presbytery, behind the altar, there are three niches: in the center, there is a crucified Jesus, in the left la Purísima Concepción (The Pure Conception), and in the right one, San Francisco de Asís (Saint Francis of Assisi). Inside the sanctuary, you will find a chapel dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Refugio (Our Lady of Refuge) and another one to Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe).

If you go to Avenida Ejército Nacional No. 11 you will see a very peculiar temple since few churches have their origin in legends, faith, and miracles that happened before their eyes, or at least that is what the fervent believers assured that during the 17th century they heard the strange story of a peasant who was herding his mules in the open air, but they did not want to pass by a very specific place, behaving strangely when they approached that area as if they knew they should not step on the ground.

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When he checked the land well, he discovered that grass was growing on it in the shape of a cross. He ran out to warn the rest of the inhabitants, who took it as a divine sign and that is how in 1540 this temple was founded.

Whether if you are a believer or not, you can't miss this place that was built on the site marked by the cross and is still considered miraculous to this day. It is the same people who indicate that the cross is always alive, does not dry out despite rain, snow, or drought. It even survived during the Reform Laws period, when General Antonio Rojas tried to destroy it and it grew again.

Around 1777, some merchant brothers were in charge of building the temple as it looks now: a space of 35 meters (115 feet) long and 10 meters (30 feet) wide. In addition, in the area of the presbytery, behind the altar, there are three niches: in the center, there is a crucified Jesus, in the left la Purísima Concepción (The Pure Conception), and in the right one, San Francisco de Asís (Saint Francis of Assisi). Inside the sanctuary, you will find a chapel dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Refugio (Our Lady of Refuge) and another one to Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe).

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