This is a picture I took while on a morning hike in the small town of Tamesis in Colombia. What captivated me about this scene was the large structure right in the middle of the town- the church. The building, including both the dome on one end and the brightly purple lit crest on the other, takes up a whole block. It made me think of how the whole town (geographically, economically, and socially) revolves and is shaped around this Catholic church. It follows suit with traditional Spanish-conquered country’s older towns, despite the area’s remote location. The beautiful church is a powerful structure that once set the area as a sacred space, and today offers a place of worship and safety. It stands tall and proud, declaring itself the quite literal center of the town aka its axis mundi.