PILGRIMAGE TO MONSERRATE
On a mountain top, far above Bogota,
lies the Sanctuary of Monserrate, built in 1657,
and a popular pilgrimage destination for
thousands of Colombians and foreigners alike.
For over 4 centuries, faithful and devoted believers
mount with devotion the narrow, rustic steps
to the sanctuary and chapel at the summit
as a penitential act . . . including athletes,
foreigners and curious tourists.
For those who make it (at nearly 2-miles elevation)
Monserrate is a destination for thousands each year
who search for peace and forgiveness,
with a priest's personal blessing on each forehead.
For those less fit, there's a cable car to the top.