The Basilica de Guadalupe
Mexico’s national shrine receives more than 20 million visitors a year, making it the world’s most visited Catholic pilgrimage site. Located in the vibrant Mexico City neighborhood of Tepeyac, the shrine is devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe, who was named the Patron of Latin America in 1945. The church was constructed close to the hill of Tepeyac, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego in 1531, emblazoning his cloak with an image that is still displayed in the Basilica today.
The image of Guadalupe has become a key patriotic symbol in Mexico and she has acquired a reputation as a powerful miracle worker.