Basilica of Guadalupe, officially Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a Roman Catholic church that is the chief religious centre of Mexico, located in Villa de Guadalupe Hidalgo, a northern neighbourhood of Mexico City.
I visited the Basilica of Guadalupe during the Holy Week with Netouring (the week leading to Easter). Catholic is the number one religion in Mexico. This place was PACKED! There were believers and visitors from all over Mexico celebrating and worshipping all throughout the Holy Week.
The church was built near the spot where two apparitions of the Virgin are said to have appeared to an Indian convert name Juan Diego in December 1531 and commanded that a church be built. The second apparition resulted in a painted image that became known as the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to the church, the holiest in Mexico, which was given the status of a basilica by Pope Pius X in 1904. The present church, or Old Basilica, was constructed on the site of an earlier 16th century church and was finished in 1709. When this basilica became dangerous owing to the sinking of its foundation, a modern structure called the New Basilica was built nearby. The original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe is now housed in the New Basilica.
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