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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  • This crowded church is humongous but well worth the trip. To see the actual mantle of the Virgin is on display.  more »
  • Very nice tour, although I came from a long day of tours and it could not walk everything. I recommend that when you go you sure that you have enough time.
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  • It is the second time I visited the Basilica and I liked it well that is parked in the underground car park under the basilica.
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  • People..... People everywhere!!!! But hey it's a great spot. Root of the once great Aztec empire, there is a decent parking lot, restrooms and some trinkets for you to buy at the store. However the food near the place can get pretty pricey. Oh there is a 7/11 across the street if that's in your fancy! Personally I recommend getting grub a few blocks away.
  • Well organized. The miracle painting of Mary is in mega church next to the original building. The mega church has a service every hour every day. You don't have to attend a mass to see the painting. There is several moving walkways just under neath the painting.
  • There isn't any other church in all of Mexico that has as much presence and overall religious importance than this one, there is even an annual pilgrimage that takes place in December and the pope visits have been from the last two in Mexico have taken place here and the Zócalo(Center of the city). The new basilica is very nice and has an interesting architecture direction but the real gems are the smaller ones found in the same plaza. There is one that is sinking and shows clearly defined fractures of the continual sinking of Mexico City. Then after that theres others that have been going through the same ordeal while staying completely intact. Don't miss this even if you aren't remotely religious.
  • Absolutely wonderful. I love this place. I definitely recommend to anyone to visit here. Here is a good tip. Don't drive in Mexico City. Bus are cheaper and there a lot of traffic in this area muy bonito lugar
  • Absolutely beautiful place. Whether you are religious or not, this place has a beautiful, peaceful vibe combined with history and outstanding architecture. A must-see in Mexico city.

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