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This is the Capilla del Cristo in San Juan's old city. An odd little building, it sits right at the edge of a very steep dropoff of over 100 feet, at the edge of the old city walls. As legend has it, this spot used to be the site of many accidents, as people literally plunged over the side of the walls to their deaths; in fact, the chapel's builder is said to have had a near death encounter here, where a horse he was riding ran wild, uncontrolled, right at the edge before stopping just before going over. Hailed as a miracle, the chapel was built on the spot, preventing further accidents. It seems like an odd story (why not just, for example, build a wall earlier?) But it's a good story, and a beautiful chapel.

Larger version on Flickr, here.

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 882 W: 75 N: 1686] (7463)
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