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Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquira

Nuestra Señora de Chiquinquirá , Marian holy cards collection 

ML.031 Box 22, circa 1675-2018. Marian Library, University of Dayton

Libraries, Dayton, Ohio.




The painting of Our Lady of Chiquinquirá was painted in the mid-16th century by a Spanish painter called Alonso de Narvaez. Alonso de Narvaez painted in pigments from the soil, herbs and flowers of the region of modern Colombia. Alonso de Narvaez created his art on a cloth canvas woven by local Indians. In the painting of Our Lady of Chiquinquirá, Mary stands on half of the moon. Her facial features reveal a small, soft, and sweet smile. Mary’s face is light are light colored. So is the face of baby Jesus, which she holds. Our Lady wears a white toque (a type of small hat-like clothing), a rose-coloured robe, and a light blue cape. There is a rosary hanging from Mary’s pinky on her left hand. Our Lady also holds a sceptre in her right hand. She holds the Christ Child cradled in her left arm. Baby Jesus has a little bird tied to his thumb, as well as a rosary in his left hand. At Our Lady’s sides are Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Andrew the Apostle. Legend says that in 1562 the portrait was placed in a chapel with a damaged roof. The roof leaked, the humidity, air and sun damaged the painting to the point where it was impossible to recognize Our Lady. In 1577 the damaged painting was moved to Chiquinquirá and left abandoned in a room. 8 years later, Maria Ramos, a woman from Seville in Spain, refurbished the chapel. Tradition has it that a miraculous restoration of the painting occurred on Friday, December 26, 1586 which closed the scratches and holes in the cloth. The faded image was restored with color and light. The image stood out again, having been recovered.

“Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Mar. 2018,
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Researched by Aneudy De Jesus

Popular Devotions

Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá, Colombia (Shrine)

Hail Mary

Dios te salve, María. Llena eres de gracia: El Señor es contigo. 
Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres. 
Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre: Jesús. 
Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores, 
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.

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