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Our Lady of Guadalupe: dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe

monument

In the north of the city, the basilica is one of the most visited churches in the world.

With more than 20 million pilgrims a year, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most visited monument in the Catholic world after Vatican City. It is also an important pilgrimage site for millions of Mexicans who go there on the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (December 12). The circular basilica contains a single relic dating from the 16th century: a cloak purportedly belonging to the Virgin Mary.

According to legend, it belonged to St. Juan Diego, a peasant to whom the Virgin appeared near the site of the basilica on Tepeyac hill, north of Mexico City. Inaugurated in 1976, in lieu of a former church built between the 16th and 17th century that was close to collapse, the basilica is usually full of people all the time. If you do not want to wait too long, it's best to visit in the early morning or just before closing time.

Basilica de Guadalupe
Plaza de las Américas 1
Villa de Guadalupe
Villa Gustavo A. Madero
07050 Ciudad de MéxicoD.F.

www.basilica.mxv.mx/web1/-home/index.html

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