Here are two pictures, taken within 20 miles of my house. I'd never been to this spot--it's just never been on my radar before this morning...lol
Odd what people do out of 'devotion', huh? I'm not being snotty--I CAN understand the motivation for something like this and I recognize my own ancestors' mindset at work here, too--but what I don't understand is how making (or buying) a painted, gold-leaf, 'realistic' statue of the BVM and building a chapel to house it would accomplish much.
Was it built because of a promise made over the outcome of something? "I'll build you a chapel if...." And did it work out? Or, was it simply to provide a quiet place to meditate? And, why would this enclosure be more holy than the beautiful hillside it stands on?
The cornerstone says 1936. It's in excellent condition, so for 60+ years, someone's been maintaining it. I suppose at the very least, it could be one families' tradition....
See? There are STILL mysteries...lol