Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa), Banos

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A place of pilgrimage for those wishing to thank the Virgin Mary for her miracles, Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa) is an impressive Neo-Gothic church that is central to the spiritual life of the town. The facade has been constructed using volcanic rock from the surrounding landscape, and its dark coloration makes for an imposing and impressive exterior. The interior displays many paintings depicting the Virgin performing miracles, while the onsite museum shows the history of the town, the church, and the volcano shaping the landscape and influencing the life of the area's natives. Make Church of the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Senora del Agua Santa) a part of your Banos vacation plans using our Banos trip generator.
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  • I haven't been into many churches in South America. But this one was just there in the middle of the square with the doors wide open. And while picking in it was just so beautiful that we decided to t...  more »
  • Stunning to see at Christmas seeing the nativity on the chancel. We felt privileged to see this amazing couch on our Gate 1 Tour.  more »
  • Although I don't speak Spanish, I loved going to Mass this last Saturday. The church was packed for 9:00 AM service. The music was awesome as was the enthusiasm of the congregation. If you have someth...  more »
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  • Check out the huge murals depicting miraculous events associated with the church and the Banos area. Each has story written on the bottom of the canvas.
  • Tall basilica towering around banos, very pretty and cool to takw pictures
  • You see this from anywhere in Banos. I only went inside once and that was when an orchestra was playing some famous film songs like Mission Impossible etc. I don't know if that is common but it's pretty cool.
  • You can see this gorgeous cathedral from anywhere in Banos, its a very good reference point for meeting people.
  • Amazing!!

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Where to stay in Banos

Banos is full of hotels and hostels, yet during weekends and holidays most fill up quickly despite a considerable hike in prices. Reserve in advance to take advantage of discounts and choose a room with views. You can find some of the area's finest lodgings in elegant guesthouses on the edge of town, where each room comes with free Wi-Fi and access to carefully maintained gardens. Consider also the town's rental apartments, ideal for families with little kids.
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