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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  • Very nice in general. You have to bring many things to see effective and that buy at most only accept. Effective. To walk and walk and walk
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  • The plaza is enormous and is bordered by not just one but two basilicas dedicated to the Virgin of Guadeloupe. The older basilica, now a museum, was built in the 16th century and due its weakened stat...  more »
  • I'm not very often and this last time I visited it with my childhood friends. It is mystical. Listen the Holy Mass in this Monumental Basilica let quiet soul and generates faith and hope in the future. You should visit it more followed with great faith. Through the image of the Virgin feel the blessings and gives us hope of a world better
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  • I’ve heard of Bible-themed amusement parks in America, but I didn’t expect a similar site in Catholic Mexico. Nevertheless, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a must-see if you are Catholic. It has several different churches, a garden, and small waterfalls. Entrance is free but you can pay to have photos taken, buy Mexican snacks, and shop at the numerous outdoor markets. Before you criticize the Church for its commercialization of religion, try to notice the number of jobs this site has created for perhaps otherwise unemployable persons. (February 2018)
  • Absolutely stunning! Being of Mexican descent, our lady of Guadalupe is highly regarded and my family has always talked about her dedicated shrine. I arrived near sunrise and the view was simply grand as the sun slowly rose, shining on the plaza and the surrounding structures. The Basilica itself was breathtaking, the architecture inside is one of a kind. Having recently toured around Europe and visited various grand Basilica's, I had an idea of what kind of architecture to expect inside but I was pleasantly surprised. I will let the pictures speak for themselves, but the unique style is amazing and a must see in person! Also be sure to go to the lower level to see a grand view of the lady of Guadalupe draped with the Mexican flag. While I was there, mass was continuously being held for those in prayer. Truly a wonderous place and the surrounding areas are a must visit.
  • When I come to Mexico City I always visit this holy shrine. I go to Mass in the main (new) church, see the Image of Guadalupe, Adoration in the old church, and then walk around the gardens. The very beautiful garden with huge statues of the story of Guadalupe must not be missed. I also like to shop among the vendors near the garden with the waterfall. The shirts with the Virgin on them are cheap and nice to bring home as gifts.
  • Absolutely gorgeous and huge!! Even if you're not super religious I highly recommend you visit this beautiful basilica.
  • Great historical place. Lots of people though. A must visit if you are Catholic or if you enjoy religious sites.
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