Women Building Churches – July 2017

One stone after another, lifted with bare hands to reach the slopes of Potosí. So it was that a group of 50 small women, all of them with black plaits and multi-layered coloured skirts, built the minuscule church perched high above the road to the Cordillera Real, at an altitude of 6,088 metres, 25 km north of La Paz. One arrives at the church by a very steep flight of steps among splendid panoramic views where bricks of clay mixed with straw are superimposed on the typical polygonal cut stones of the Incas. In this combination of materials we see the indissoluble connection with nature, the country side and popular piety, never broken – that links the indigenous peoples of Bolivia and of southern Peru.

 

 

Read the July edition here.