Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Mexico City

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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. Before you head to Mexico City, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Mexico City vacation route planner, to make sure you see all that Mexico City has to offer, including Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe.
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  • whatever her religion they profess to be a visit is emblematic and more than impressive
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  • This is a place of worship but cultural expressions and the beauty of the recineto make it a must-see in the city of Mexico.
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  • It is a very solemn place, you can see several temples in the same place, it is really moving. In addition it is very clean and there are shops of religious items.
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  • This is one of the holiest places in Christianity and it is absolutely moving. The basilica is very modern and quite large. The focal piece is the tilma of Juan Diego which hangs above the high alter. This is a place filled with prayer and mysticism.
  • Great for not only visiting the church, but also for explaining the surrounding area and other chapels. A great family experience
  • It was a wonderful faith and family experience with Our Mother Our Lady Of Guadalupe . They have several confessionals going on throughout the day . Several things to see . Daily masses during the day . i went there with mom and sister during Christmas and New Year's . Many street sellers selling u religious items and Basilica has it's own store of course . Beware of a morning curfew Mon-Fri and you're not supposed to travel till 9 am or so . Crazy socialist law .
  • Great if you're also interested in history and architecture of the surrounding chapels and landscapes.
  • I do like more the old temple, specially a smaller chapel that is on the right side. The new basilica is often noisy and you never know when a group of mariachi, dancers or else will show up.