Do You Know...
Our Town Is Called Lajas?
the middle of the 18th century a small village with little
economic resources had already begun to form in the northern
part of the region called "Sabana Yeguas". A
small village of neighbors, of few economic resources chose the
place to build their humble dwellings seeking to supply the
first material need of man: their thirst. There existed at
that time a beautiful crystal clear spring that flowed from a
rock in a burbling spurt, fed by the abundance of frequent rains
and protected by the shade of the trees that covered it.
that location there were many rocks of limestone.
There were a great number of flat, smooth stones that
formed stone slabs (Lajas).
Its inhabitants gave the settlement the name of Lajas
(stone slabs), and the spring became know as Chorro de Lajas,
the Spout of Lajas.
The Legend of the Origin of the
Village of Lajas
and legend tell us that many years ago a farmer walking towards
his home. He tired and stopped to rest in front of a Higüero
tree. When he looked at the trunk of the tree he saw the
image of the Virgin of the Candelaria. Maybe someone had
forgotten it there, he thought. Through word-of-mouth the
story reached the parish of San Germán. Days past and the man
returned on the same footpath and felt the impulse to approach
the Higüero. To his great surprise he again saw the image in
the tree. He told everybody and when they returned to see the
image they couldn't find it anywhere.
was discussed a great deal and was interpreted to mean that this
was a quiet message from the Virgin Our Lady of Candelaria
asking that a chapel be built upon that hill. Her desire was
fulfilled and people began to move to the area. Thus the legend
explains the growth of the village we know today as