See the Face of Jesus in the Hillside?

Telegraph Pics Tweet of Face of Jesus on Colombia Hillside

A landslide in a ravine has revealed an interesting apparition of the face of Jesus (God’s peace be upon him) on the rocky face of a forested hillside in Colombia. According to El Tiempo, a Colombian newspaper, viewers are flocking in the thousands to the site on the outskirts of San Francisco, in the southern Colombian state of Putumayo.

Social media images of the “face of Jesus” on the rock face are going viral, especially on Twitter and Facebook, and the international media is reporting the event as a modern miracle. ABC News reported it, as well as Time. According to Time, police had to be called in for crowd control, due to so many visitors showing up for a look.

According to The Inquisitr, there have been many occurrences of this phenomenon. The “face of Jesus” has appeared in nature and on a whole host of strange objects, not the least strange of which include an underground rock formation in the Philippines, a piece of bread, and on a door made by Ikea

It Does Look Like the Face of Jesus, Doesn’t It?

It looks stunning, this amazing phenomenon of nature, hiding on a lush green hillside under a lovely cover of shady trees. And, I have to admit, it does look like the face of Jesus to me. In fact, I think the characteristics are quite strikingly similar to other, more famous works attributed to the hand of man. A detail from Alberto Sotio’s 1187AD work entitled, “The Crucifix,” is likewise joining the viral posts of the hillside, as a great reference for comparison.

"The Crucifix," by Alberto Sotio, 1187. Wikimedia commons.

San Francisco, Putumayo, Colombia

In case you’re interested to join the throng on the Colombian hillside to view the face of Jesus, there a few things you will need to be aware of. Roughguides reports that, “Despite its four-decade-long civil war and reputation for violence, improved security conditions have led to a sharp increase in tourism. Foreigners and Colombians alike are now far more able to explore this thrilling paradise of cloudforested mountains, palm-fringed beaches and gorgeous colonial cities.” That sounds both inviting and scary at the same time, doesn’t it?

Colombia is the only nation in South America bordering both the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans. The diverse array of ecosystems supported by Columbia’s geography is stunning, from tropical islands, to snow-peaked mountains, and Amazon rainforest in between. I could probably be convinced to visit Colombia, even without the face of Jesus on the hillside.

San Francisco, Putumayo, Colombia. From Google Maps.

What A Trip to Putumayo Might Cost

However, if you will be in the neighborhood anyway, there are a few more details to consider. There are at least three different San Franciscos in various states of Colombia. Putumayo, the correct state for the phenomenon in question, has its share of interesting local characters. Inquisitr notes that “opportunistic capitalists are taking advantage of the miraculous event to do brisk business. Some landowners are reportedly charging pilgrims as much as 2,000 pesos — about 79 U.S. cents — for access to the site of the miracle.” Hmmmm, I guess I could probably handle that.

Searching for more information on San Francisco, Putumayo, Colombia turned up one more interesting bit of information. Just when I was getting excited about Amazon rainforests and tropical islands, I read this on Roughguides: “Colombia today is far safer and more accessible than it has been in decades. That said, pockets of guerrilla activity remain in remote parts of the country, particularly the jungle – a haven for drug-running activities – both by the rebels and particularly by the paramilitary groups who have the tacit support of the government, and who have been criticized for using techniques as dirty as those employed by the rebels.”

Gulping, but still doggedly interested in that hillside face of Jesus, I kept reading. The article continued, “The FARC have renounced kidnappings for financial or political ends, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll remain true to their word. Although, reassuringly, tourists have not been targeted specifically in the country’s civil war, certain areas should still be avoided, including the Chocó, parts of Nariño, Putumayo, Meta, Arauca and rural parts of Cauca.”

Weeeell, I think I’ll just stay home and stick with Twitter. Post your pictures if you go, but be warned, it might end up costing a whole lot more than 79 cents.

Face of Jesus Tweet by Jairo Figueroa. From Twitter.

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About the Author

Aisha Abdelhamid (Birth-name Kathleen Vail) is a freelance lifestyle and environmental science writer currently living in Vancouver, BC. Her interests include environmental conservation, climate science, renewable energy, faith-based environmental activism, sustainable economics, corporate social responsibility, creative lifestyles, and healthy living.