Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Visited annually by about 20 million pilgrims, particularly around the time of the December 12, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the main place of Catholic worship in Mexico and throughout Latin America, and is the most visited Catholic site the world, second only to the Vatican City. Located on the hill of Tepeyac in Mexico City, the territory of the local archdiocese, the complex was built in honor of the alleged apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe that would come out in 1531 to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, an Aztec who converted to Christianity and that, in 2002, was proclaimed a saint by Pope John Paul II. The sanctuary is composed of several beautiful buildings which are worth visiting for the architectural majesty that looks really lovely in the eyes of visitors. New addition to the Basilica of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, the main sanctuary of the temple, is worth visiting the Temple sin to Christ the King, also known as the Old Basilica, the church which was built in the seventeenth century with the goal of becoming a basilica to venerate the Virgin of Guadalupe. Among the buildings, not to be missed is the Temple of Pocito, a church located in the vicinity of Mount Tepeyac, where many pilgrims began after the apparitions of the Virgin and where many pilgrims were going to drink the waters of a nearby well considered miraculous. Among the various other buildings, is worth a visit is the former convent and parish of St. Mary of the Capuchin Guadalupe, a church located on the eastern side of the Old Basilica. The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is therefore a must, not only for Catholics, but also for those who love art and culture and for those who still goes to visit the Mexican capital.