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Basilica of 'Our Lady of Guadalupe'

'Our Lady of Guadalupe'

Patroness of the Americas.

The 'Old' Basilica

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John Paul II celebrating
Solemn Mass at
the Basilica in 1999.

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The 'New' Basilica
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The Old Basilica was constructed on the site of an earlier 16th-century church that was finished in 1709.
When this basilica became dangerous due to the sinking of its foundations, a modern structure called the New Basilica was built nearby; the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe is now housed in this New Basilica.
Built between 1974 and 1976, the new Basilica was designed by architect Pedro Ramirez Vasquez.
It has a circular floor-plan so that the image of the Virgin can be seen from any point within the building.
An empty crucifix symbolises 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.
To the sides are the chapels of Santisimo and of Saint Joseph.
Its seven front doors are an allusion to the seven gates of Celestial Jerusalem referred to by Christ.

Location: The Basilica is located in Mexico City, in the northern neighbourhood of Villa de Guadalupe Hidalgo (or simply "la Villa").

How to get there: (Once in Mexico City)

  • From Historic Centre take metro Line 3 at Hidalgo and transfer with Line 6 at Deportivo 18 de Marzo to the next station La Villa Basílica. Then walk north two busy blocks until reaching the Square.
  • From Zona Rosa take a Pesero or Bus in Reforma Avenue up to terminal near Basílica.
  • Or take a taxi from your hotel.

Map of Mexico City

"Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."

(Words of Our Lady to Juan Diego)

Used with permission of www.sancta.org

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Our Lady of
Guadalupe Basilicas 1.
Our Lady of
Guadalupe Basilicas 2.
Our Lady of
Guadalupe Basilicas 3.
Our Lady of
Guadalupe Basilicas 4.
Our Lady of
Guadalupe Basilicas 5.
Our Lady of
Guadalupe Basilicas 6.
Our Lady of
Guadalupe Basilicas 7.
Our Lady of
Guadalupe Basilicas 8.

Links to some other interesting pages

'Our Lady of Guadalupe'
Chronology of Events
The Apparitions
Why "Guadalupe"?
Saint Juan Diego
The mysterious eyes
Protectress of the Unborn
The Basilica
Novena to Our Lady
Prayer of John Paul II

'Our Lady of Guadalupe' official page
C.I.N. 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' page
'Our Lady of Guadalupe' Shrine (USA) site

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