One day during the 17th century, an unattended, heavily-laden pack donkey staggered into Oaxaca and died.
No one knew where it had come from, who owned it, or what it carried.
When the people examined his pack, they found a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Solitude.
She wore a crown of diamonds with a huge drop pearl in the middle, and a black velvet robe with semi-precious stones.
The people decided that as the donkey had died at that spot, they would build a church there to house the little statue.