Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Mexico City

Explore the massive, elaborate structure of Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, the central place of worship for the country's patron saint. Located on the spot where the Virgin of Guadalupe allegedly appeared in the 16th century, this structure remains one of Catholicism's major pilgrimage sites, known for housing the cloak of Saint Juan Diego. Erected in the 1970s, the circular church can hold up to 10,000 worshippers and boasts 15,000 niches in its main crypt. The shrine also houses a famous image of the Virgin, considered one of the most important religious depictions in Mexico. Right next to this landmark you can also visit an older church from the 18th century, known for its impressive facade and marble statues. Arrange to visit Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe and other attractions in Mexico City using our Mexico City itinerary builder website .
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  • Perfect for family visits. It has a wide variety of places to know. There is eucharist every hour and it has a market nearby to enjoy typical food.
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  • Always the most endearing place The religious heart of Mexico The original building must be visited for its entire pictorial and architectural heritage.
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  • This Basilica is new compared to the temple next door, and they do have service plenty of times. The place is big and it was finished being built in the 70's and it remains to look this way. The place offers plenty of space to sit and stand. They have chapels in the second floor and plenty of doors to open the outdoors in. Here you can also visit the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Pilgrimages are made to end at the basilica so if you visit, see the calendar of events so you may visit then or another time so you can avoid the large crowds. Thousands of people visit this place.
  • The tilma (cloak) of St. Juan Diego is a scientific, historical and artistic marvel as well as a religious treasure. It will leave a deep and lasting impression on all who visit this basilica. Whether you are Catholic, Protestant, or come from another faith tradition, as you learn more about this artifact you will come to understand why 20 million people every year visit this place. And the faith of the people of Mexico will not fail to touch you as well. Very inspiring and uplifting.
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