Set in a large, elevated grassy terrain, with a tall, detached bell tower serving as vertical accent, the shrine is a place of pilgrimage for residents of the region and beyond. More akin in appearance to a performing arts hall than a religious venue, the stucco and limestone facility is nearly enveloped by a covered, one-story arched walkway that offsets the shrine's auditorium-shaped upper portion. While a large, framed exterior mural at the rear of the shrine provides a dramatic backdrop for outdoor services, the interior is the architectural tour de force. It provides theater seating for 1,800 worshippers and a radiant, disk-shaped, golden altarpiece with a central niche that showcases the venerated three-foot-tall image of Our Lady of San Juan.
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Virgen de San Juan del Valle Shrine
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