We thought we'd find an incredibly inspirational and uplifting place. Instead we found a monument to wretched excess. Penitents walked 2 km. on their knees, others bought 4 foot candles at the gift shop which they immediately threw into a cauldron, where they melted and the wax was recycled into more candles. With loud music and modern architecture, it is more reminiscent of the infamous U.S. radio and TV evangelists than anything else. Think of the medical care that could have been purchased with the billions spent on this monument. BTW, our guide claims that Lucy, who died in 2005 and was the main spokesman for the 3 girls (the other 2 died of influenza around 1919) may not have been the original Lucy. Scientists comparing photos said she couldn't be. Still, it's a big money maker.
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