Monterrey, México, August 17, 2009

In the morning, I split a sandwich (pavo y queso, if I remember correctly) at Starbucks with B.O. Then we visited the mountain-top Sanctuario of Schoenstatt. The road to the top of the mountain gradually became rougher and rougher, eventually becoming a gravel road, and then becoming a dirt road.

Here is a nice photo that B.O. took last year (26 May 2009) of the chapel. It looks like a scene out of a fairy tale.

Chapel of the Sanctuario de Schoenstatt

Chapel of the Sanctuario de Schoenstatt

B.O. suggested I go over the crest of the mountain. On the city-side of the mountain, you could hear the city noise. But on the opposite side of the mountain where the chapel sits, it is quiet; peaceful; meditative.

Mountain-Top View from the Sanctuario (I)

Mountain-Top View from the Sanctuario (I)

Mountain-Top View from the Sanctuario (II)

Mountain-Top View from the Sanctuario (II)

Mountain-Top View from the Sanctuario (III)

Mountain-Top View from the Sanctuario (III)

Mountain-Top View from the Sanctuario (IV)

Mountain-Top View from the Sanctuario (IV)

Vegetation at the Sanctuario (I)

Vegetation at the Sanctuario (I)

Vegetation at the Sanctuario (II)

Vegetation at the Sanctuario (II)

Me at the Chapel of the Sanctuario de Schoenstatt

Me at the Chapel of the Sanctuario de Schoenstatt

Chapel of the Sanctuario de Schoenstatt (interior)

Chapel of the Sanctuario de Schoenstatt (interior)

B.O. and Me at the Chapel of the Sanctuario de Schoenstatt

B.O. and Me at the Chapel of the Sanctuario de Schoenstatt


Then B.O. took me to the airport, and I returned to D.C.

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  2. Looks like you had a fantastic trip. Thanks for sharing it. BTW, your future is auspicious.

  3. Hi D.G., thanks for your comment, and for the link! Yes, it was a wonderful trip!

    Best,

    M.

  4. I’ve been to many parts of Mexico, but have only flown over Monterrey. Thanks for sharing so many aspects of it.

    These remote chapels all over the world – I wonder if anyone is collecting their locations and images.

    • Hi Tom, thanks for your comment, good to hear from you! You’re welcome! Monterrey is a very modern city, possibly the most progressive in Mexico, and its citizens are proud of their city. My two main impressions were: (1) mountains and (2) heat.

      I just did a quick Google search, and found some web sites for “wedding chapels” and “airport chapels” of the world, but I don’t think this is what you had in mind.

      Regards,

      M.

  5. Hi, I just stumbled upon your website and was looking through.

    It’s called the Schoenstatt Shrine from the Schoenstatt Movement. Schoenstatt is a worldwide Catholic Marian (as you can already tell) Movement.

    • Thanks for the Thought! I’ll need to read up more on the Schoenstatt movement!


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