Preparation of the sanctuary
Nowadays, the Sanctuary in concrete terms is made of:
The sacred cave (where the Virgin waited the
Christ), converted into a natural Chapel, measuring 15m by 7 and to which is
annexed a second small cave where baptisms are generally celebrated.
A 40m height tower, build in 1963. At the top, a
monumental statue of the Virgin holding the infant Jesus stretches out the
protection of Our-Lady of Mantara for miles around. The tower houses as
well a 100m square Chapel decorated with a huge painting illustrating the
history of the cave and of the Canaanite woman who met the Christ in Saida
and got the Curing of her Child.
A souvenir shop situated at the Sanctuary’s entrance where Many religious items can be found.