|Capilla Virgin de la Asuncion in Villa La Angostura|
The church had an eerie feeling. Volcanic ashes were lying everywhere and the trees and grass were almost covered by it. This day in particular was bad and visibility poor. I stood there looking at the devastation around me. The volcano in Chile played havoc in this part of Argentina. For a moment I tried to imagine that this was snow and not ashes. It lifted the sombre mood.
|A view of the volcanic ashes and the church|
This is not your typical Argentinian building style. The architectural style of this church is very similar to Northern Europe. Villa La Angostura has a strong European influence and it is evident when you drive through the town. The church was designed by architect Alejandro Bustillo and built in 1936. All the stones, red brick, larch tiles and cypress woodwork come from this area. It is a very impressive church.
We couldn`t go inside the church but apparently behind the altar, is a 200 year old painting from Cusco, that had been donated by the Lavallol family in 1940. It would have been nice to see that.
As I walked around the church, I noticed the glass stained windows. I love the detail that you so often see in glass stained windows. They put so much time and effort into creating these master pieces. I stood there for a little while, just looking and admiring the delicate work.
|Beautiful glass stained windows.|
I made my way to the entrance of the church, hoping it would be open. But sadly it was closed.
|Under lock and key!|
I decided to walk around the church, maybe I could take a peek through another window. No windows were open but I did manage to see a very interesting spider web. This web was special because the volcanic ashes left it dense and thick. It looked very intriguing. I left before the owner woke up.
At the back of the church was a fascinating little house. I am sure they use it as a storage place but with the ashes lying around and the tall trees it almost reminded me of little Red Riding hood. Luckily I didn`t see a big bad wolf and went back to the entrance.
|The little house behind the church|
It was time to go. I took a last look at this precious little church, imagining what it must look like in winter, when delicate snow flakes fall around it. I tried to imagine what it must look like in spring, when the snow melts and the green leaves immerse. Unfortunately this summer the green leaves will be buried underneath thick layers of volcanic ash….maybe next summer too.
Date: 27 October 2011
Where: Villa La Angostura, Neuquen Province, Argentina.