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Ojsani Chapel

The Ojsani Chapel, After Preservation Work Was Completed

The Ojsani Chapel, After Preservation Work Was Completed

About four miles from the Cruze Okoruro (the unmarked intersection of the old road with the new), or some 12 miles from Tomarapi, you arrive at the lovely little chapel of Ojsani.  According to Philipp Schauer, Ojsani Chapel was built in 1854 by Mariano Pacaje, an indigenous man.  The chapel was originally dedicated to Maria Santissima de la Advocacion de las Nieves (St. Mary of the Snows), but today is dedicated to the Lord of Ojsani. The chapel here sits right off the road and it is a beautiful example of colonial architecture.

Preserved as part of the U.S. Embassy project in 2013, the difference between before and after photos is particularly stark.  Take a look at the before:

Ojsani Chapel Prior to Preservation

Ojsani Chapel Prior to Preservation

Unfortunately, due to the press of work, I could not attend the ceremonies for the opening of the preserved chapels.  However, I sent Deputy Chief of Mission Mitch Ferguson in my place and Tatyana accompanied him.  They were met with the usual hospitality of the local people, who greeted them with confetti, food, drink and dancing at each of the six chapels.  The people of the area were particularly effusive at Ojsani.

Banner Over the Entry Way into the Church Grounds

Banner Over the Entry Way into the Church Grounds

Ch'alla, thrown on Mitch and Tatyana by a Local Leader

Ch’alla, thrown on Mitch and Tatyana by a Local Leader

The Chapel, Closer Up. Members of the Mountain Batallion from Curahuara de Carangas Provided a Ceremonial Guard

The Chapel, Closer Up. Members of the Mountain Battalion from Curahuara de Carangas Provided a Ceremonial Guard

The Bishop of Oruro

From Left to Right: Father Gabriel Antequera, Tatyana, The Bishop of Oruro, DCM Mitch Ferguson and German Ambassador Philipp Schauer

Local People Heading into the Church

Local People Heading into the Church

Tatyana Distributing School Supplies to the Children of the Area

Tatyana Distributing School Supplies to the Children of the Area

More School Supplies

More School Supplies

The Restored interior of the Chapel

The Restored interior of the Chapel

View of the Sajama from the Courtyard

View of the Sajama from the Courtyard

 

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