The Nueva Basílica de Guadalupe
A true Mexican does not see himself as Catholic, but rather as Guadalupano (devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe). From that starting point, you can imagine the size of this church...
Some Mexicans say that, rather than Catholic, they are ‘Guadalupanos’; such is the devotion this country feels towards Our Lady of Guadalupe. Located on the Tepeyac hill, the place where the Virgin appeared to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, the new Basilica is an immense circular temple, designed to let the sacred image to be seen from every angle, and with capacity for 50,000 people. Which is not big enough on the 12th of December when, to commemorate the apparition, millions of pilgrims gather on this hill to pray and to see for themselves the original image of the Virgin kept in the Basilica. Inaugurated in 1976, this modern building, easily recognisable for its grandeur and its copper-covered roof, is very close to the old Basilica, built in the 18th century, which was greatly damaged. They are part of a larger religious ensemble, including several chapels, the church and convent of the Capuchinas nuns and the Tepeyec cemetery.
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