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 Antigua Basilica, Capilla del Cerrito, & The Capuchin Nuns' Temple. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Photo L to R: Antigua Basilica, Capilla del Cerrito, & The Capuchin Nuns' Temple. January 12, 2005.


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Statue Of Juan Diego Showing Image Of Virgin Mary To Bishop Zumarraga. Basilica de Guadalupe. Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Statue Of Juan Diego Showing Image Of Virgin Mary To Bishop Zumarraga.
Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. México. November 20, 2011
Jardin del Tepeyac or Garden del Tepeyac. Basilica de Guadalupe. Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Jardin del Tepeyac or Garden del Tepeyac.
Basilica de Guadalupe. Mexico City D.F. México. November 20, 2011.

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Basilica de Guadalupe:

The very famous Basílica of Guadalupe -- not just another Catholic church, but the central place of worship for Mexico's patron saint and the home of the image responsible for uniting pre-Hispanic Indian mysticism with Catholic beliefs. It is virtually impossible to understand Mexico and its culture without appreciating the national devotion for Our Lady of Guadalupe. The blue-mantled Virgin of Guadalupe is the most revered image in the country, and you will see her countenance wherever you travel.

The Basílica occupies the site where, on December 9, 1531, a poor Indian named Juan Diego saw a vision of a beautiful lady in a blue mantle. The local bishop, Zumarraga, was reluctant to confirm that Juan Diego had indeed seen the Virgin Mary, so he asked the peasant for evidence. Juan Diego saw the vision a second time, on December 12, and when he asked her for proof, she instructed him to collect the roses that began blooming in the rocky soil at his feet. He gathered the flowers in his cloak and returned to the bishop. When he unfurled his cloak, the flowers dropped to the ground and the image of the Virgin was miraculously emblazoned on the rough-hewn cloth. The bishop immediately ordered the building of a church on the spot, and upon its completion, the cloth with the Virgin's image was hung in a place of honor, framed in gold. Since that time, millions of the devout and the curious have come to view the miraculous image that experts, it is said, are at a loss to explain. So heavy was the flow of visitors -- many approached for hundreds of yards on their knees -- that the old church, already fragile, was insufficient to handle them. An audacious New Basílica, designed by Pedro Ramírez Vazquez, the same architect who designed the breathtaking Museo Nacional de Antropología, opened in 1987.

Here is a brief history of the shrines construction. After the original construction the building was expanded in 1561-1575. Then in 1601-1622 a more elaborate shrine was erected. Another, much richer was built in 1695-1709. Today this is called the Antigua Basilica de Guadalupe, or Old Basilica. In about 1750 the shrine got the title of collegiate, with a canonry and choir service being established. It was aggregated to St. John Lateran in 1754; and finally, in 1904 it was created a basilica.

Other structures of the 17th century and 18th century connected with the basilica are a parish church, a convent and church for Capuchin nuns, the Well Chapel, and the Hill Chapel.

The Capilla de Indios, or Chapel of the Indians, is also nearby. It is a house in which it is said that Juan Diego lived after the Virgin's first appearance until his death in 1548. It was built under the direction of Luis Lasso de la Vega, the Vicar of Guadalupe, in about 1649.

The Baroque Chapel of the Pocito (chapel of the little well) was built in the eighteenth century where a miraculous source of water appeared. (It is dry right now). The water of this source was supposed having miraculous powers. The chapel has a dome covered with blue and white tiles (azulejos). The walls are in cut stones, volcanic rocks. Inside, there are several scenes of angels, in pastel colors.

When this Old Basilica (from 1709) became dangerous due to the sinking of its foundations, a modern structure called the New Basilica was built nearby between 1974 and 1976, designed by architect Pedro Ramírez Vásquez. It has a circular floorplan and the original image of the Virgin is located high up on one wall, so it can be seen from any point within the building.

An empty crucifix symbolizes Christ's resurrection. The choir is located between the altar and the churchgoers to indicate that it, too, is part of the group of the faithful. Its seven front doors are an allusion to the seven gates of Celestial Jerusalem. It can accommodate 10,000 worshippers at a time, which is often necessary because a mass is almost always taking place inside.

Waves of pilgrims flood the place year-round, but are especially frequent during the Holy Week and especially the Holy Day of December 12.

The Basilica de Guadalupe is considered by many Catholics to be the holiest place in all of the Americas and it is the most visited sanctuary in Latin America. The basilica may be the second most visited shrine in all the Catholic world, second only to St. Peter's in Rome (The Vatican).

The Mexico City International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México or AICM), also called Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA: MEX, ICAO: MMMX) is the major commercial airport that serves Mexico City, the capital of Mexico. It is also Mexico's and Latin America's busiest airport!


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Capilla del Cerrito, or Chapel On The Hill. Basilica de Guadalupe. Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Capilla del Cerrito, or Chapel On The Hill. Basilica de Guadalupe. November 07, 2012.
Capilla del Cerrito, or Chapel On The Hill. Basilica de Guadalupe. Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Capilla del Cerrito, or Chapel On The Hill. Basilica de Guadalupe. November 20, 2011.
Facade Of Capilla del Cerrito, or Chapel On The Hill. Basilica de Guadalupe. Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Facade Of Capilla del Cerrito, or Chapel On The Hill. Basilica de Guadalupe. September 27, 2009.
Capilla del Pocito (Chapel of the little well). Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Capilla del Pocito (Chapel of the little well). January 12, 2005.
Capilla del Pocito (Chapel of the little well). Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Capilla del Pocito (Chapel of the little well). November 20, 2011.

Garden Grounds Fountains. Basilica de Guadalupe. Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Garden Grounds Fountains. Basilica de Guadalupe. November 20, 2011.
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Capilla de Indios (Chapel Of Indians). Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
The Capilla de Indios (Chapel Of Indians), Next To Where Juan Diego
Lived From 1531 AD Until He Died In 1548 AD

Antique Painting. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Antique Painting. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Painting Inside Antigua BasilicaPainting Inside Antigua Basilica
Pope John Paul II Statue Inside Antigua Basilica. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Pope John Paul II Statue Outside Antigua Basilica. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Pope John Paul II Statue
Inside Antigua Basilica.
Pope John Paul II Statue
Outside Antigua Basilica.
Altar Inside Antigua Basilica. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Juan Diego Statue Inside Antigua Basilica. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Altar
Inside Antigua Basilica.
Juan Diego Statue
Inside Antigua Basilica.
Hector & Eve Inside Antigua Basilica. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Inside Antigua Basilica. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Hector & Eve
Inside Antigua Basilica.
Inside Antigua Basilica.
Inside Antigua Basilica. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Inside Antigua Basilica. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Inside Antigua Basilica.Inside Antigua Basilica.

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Underground Parking. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Basilica Sign. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Underground Parking
For The Basilica
To The Basilica
Basilica Stores. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Basilica Store. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
If Parking Underground
You Must Pass
Through These Stores
To Get To The Basilica.
NOTE: There Is Also Parking
On The Outside
On The Streets.
Main Patio. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Main Patio. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Exiting The StoresYou See This, The Main Patio
. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Antigua Basilica. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
The New Basilica de GuadalupeThe Old Basilica de Guadalupe
The "Antigua Basilica"
Museo. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Capilla del Cerrito. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Museum Of Basilica de GuadalupeCapilla del Cerrito (Hill Chapel)
Where Juan Diego Saw The Vision
Original Image. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Copy Image. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Original Image From Vision
Inside New Basilica de Guadalupe
Copy Of Image From Vision
Inside New Basilica de Guadalupe
Antigua Basilica. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Juan Diego. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Altar Inside Antigua BasilicaJuan Diego Inside Antigua Basilica
Dome. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Altar. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Dome Inside Antigua BasilicaAltar Inside Antigua Basilica
Mechanical Play Of Image. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Mechanical Play Of Image. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Mechanical Play Of ImageMechanical Play Of Image
Church. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Audrey DeLange At La Ofrenda. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Church Near La Ofrenda MonumentAudrey DeLange At
La Ofrenda Monument
La Ofrenda Monument. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Jardin del Tepeyac. Basilica de Guadalupe Mexico City D.F. Mexico Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
La Ofrenda Monument
Jardin del Tepeyac
Tepeyac Garden
La Ofrenda Monument
Jardin del Tepeyac
Tepeyac Garden

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