Monday, 19 March 2012

The Kneeling Nun

Spanish explorers thought the rock formation high above the Santa Rita copper mine resembled a veiled woman although I can’t actually see it myself.

Legend says that a nun, forsaking her vows, fell in love with a soldier and was cast out from her religious order.   At the base of the bluff she built a stone altar where while praying for forgiveness of her sins she was turned into stone.

Because of the legend Spanish explorers refused to camp near the rock, even though it was an excellent vantage point.   Explorers also thought that the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola lay buried somewhere in the region 

We took our photographs from the Chino Mines observation point on Highway 152 which is approximately 20 miles away. 

Have fun, we are!

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