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. 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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  • A great place for all Christians. One of the must-see sites in Mexico City. It is easy to get there and lovely to walk around in the gardens. 
    A great place for all Christians. One of the must-see sites in Mexico City. It is easy to get there and lovely to walk around in the gardens.  more »
  • Go and see this church...entrance is free. (costs 20 pesos to see the sacristy with it's fab. paintings.) The choir area may also cost a few pesos..it was closed when we were there. Get a real feel.....  more
    Go and see this church...entrance is free. (costs 20 pesos to see the sacristy with it's fab. paintings.) The choir area may also cost a few pesos..it was closed when we were there. Get a real feel.....  more »
  • Well worth a visit, if one is religious or to understand Mexican and Latin American religious devotion. And a perfect place to admire Mexican popular religious culture. 
    Well worth a visit, if one is religious or to understand Mexican and Latin American religious devotion. And a perfect place to admire Mexican popular religious culture.  more »
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  • This is the one place I really wanted to visit in CDMX. The grounds are so clean. The climb to the top of Tepeyac hill was easy with the stairs and ramps and the view of the city from the top was quite nice. The gardens are lovely with sculptures, waterfalls, grass and flowers. You are able to see the image a bit closer in the Basilica entering at the rear of the church. There are doors at the back or you can walk around to the back if you enter at the front. Once at the right place in the back, you hop on a slow moving sidewalk that takes you right in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe's image. Since it is hung rather high, you aren't at eye level. I understand the reason but I was still hoping to see it closer. There are masses going on all the time in the Basilica so be respectful upon entering.
  • One of the most touching experience to visit basilica of our lady of Guadalupe. This is a sacred place for catholic but highly recommend other community or religion to visit once if u were in Mexico City. Beautiful place, you can spend hours and enjoy amazing churches (old&new), chapel, museum, religious outlet,gardens..❤️❤️ loved the place . The image of virgin Guadalupe located at new church, there a short escalator for admiring the image of lady of Guadalupe. The architecture really impressive.it is open everyday from 10 am to 6:30 pm. Very beautiful place to visit if traveling to Mexico City, highly recommended. 👍❤️
  • Can't say enough. GO!!!
  • You cannot come to Mexico and not visit the Basilica, whether you are a believer or not the experience is unforgettable, hundreds of people visit daily, the process to see the image is quick, easy and free. They have moving floors (as the ones at the airport) so you can go in front of her but don't stop others, I find this to be so much more effective than other places as people cannot "gather" in front of the image and keep you from seeing her, I wish they did that at Museums around the globe. There are plenty of churches and places of worship around and the history behind all these monuments and cathedrals and churches is wonderful. Come early as the later you come the more people arrive and bring money because there plenty of souvenirs and religious articles to purchase
  • This is a must for us. It is the first thing we do upon arriving in Mexico. Not only do the Catholics of Mexico worship her, Native peoples pay her homage as well. There is a plaza where Native peoples sometime perform.. She is the Patroness of Mexico, the soul of the country. It is said that NASA has studied the shroud itself and come up with very interesting information. The grounds are lovely and various churches were built at different time periods, accounting for various forms of architecture. My wife is big fan of hers for many reasons with one of those reasons being that she is never shown with a child, so her power is not necessarily attached to childbearing. She is strong and powerful within herself. There is a lot of info online. If any of that interests you, it's worth the visit.

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