La Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

The Basilica of Guadalupe is one of the most visited Catholic Shrines in the world and it is the National Shrine of Mexico.  Located in the north of Mexico City it is considered the second Catholic Shrine in importance after Vatican City.

The Old Basilica of Guadalupe

The Old Basilica of Guadalupe Shrine

The Old Basilica,   known as the “Templo Expiatorio a Cristo Rey,” was constructed between 1531 and  1709. On May 1st 1709 the Basilica was consecrated.  Juan Diego’s tilma, cloak, was housed in this Temple from 1709 to 1974.

In 1904 the temple was granted the category of the basilica which in Latin means Royal Hall.

The Old Basilica, like many other structures in Mexico City, was sinking and in order to preserve this architectural jewel it was decided that a new Basilica was to be constructed. The old temple was closed to the public from 1976 to May 2000.

The modern basilica, named Basilica of Saint Mary of Guadalupe,  was built between 1974 and 1976 by the architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez.  It is a circular building constructed in such a way as to allow the cloak to be viewed by the people inside.   It has a 100-meter diameter.  To guarantee that this Basilica would not sink, the structure is supported by a major pylon.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The New Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City

The roof is reminiscent of the old Jewish tents used when they traveled through the desert. It also symbolizes the Virgin Mary’s mantle that protects the faithful inside the Basilica.

The Basilica has sitting space for 10,000 people. When needed, from the exterior Chapel on the second floor of the basilica, masses are held where up to 50,000 people in the atrium can take part in the Mass and other ritual celebrations.

 

View of Our Lady of Guadalupe inside the Basilica

Our Lady of Guadalupe inside the Basilica

The Sanctuary of Saint Mary of Guadalupe is also known as La Villa de Guadalupe.  In addition to the Old and New Basilicas, there are several impressive buildings.

  • Paroquia de las Capuchinas  Ex-convent of the Cappuccin Nuns  Built in 1787
  • El Baptisterio The Baptistery Consecrated in 1991
  • Capilla del Pocito  The Chapel of the Well  1791
  • Capilla del Cerrito  The Chapel of the Hill  1749
  • Parroquia de los Indios The Parish of the Indians 1649
  • Museo de la Basílica de Guadalupe The Museum of the Basilica of Guadalupe

Masses:

Masses are celebrated  in the Basilica every hour from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Confessions are heard every day of the year in the Basilica, continuously from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Museum:

The museum is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Tours:

There are guided visits to the Sanctuary 

Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Hourly groups.
Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Hourly groups.

Address:

The address of the Basilica is:

Plaza de las Américas # 1
Col. Villa de Guadalupe
Delegación Gustavo A. Madero
C.P. 07050
México, D.F.

From the US
Telephone: (011 525 ) 555 577 6022
Fax: (011 525) 555 577 50 38