Basilica de Guadalupe – D.F.

The Basilica de Guadalupe is the result of the Virgin Mary appearing in 1531, asking a poor peasant to tell the bishop a temple should be built there in her honor. The disbelieving bishop asked for proof the man had seen the Virgin. At her request he placed roses under his cloak; when he opened it, the roses, containing an image of the Virgin, fell out. A “New” Basilica de Guadalupe was built between 1974 and 1976, designed by Pedro Ramirez Vasquez (who also designed the National Museum of Anthropology. The immense plaza in front of the basilica has room for 50,000 worshipers; with that many attending every December 12 to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe’s feast day.