- The Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint, is said to have appeared here to Juan Diego, a humble peasant, in 1531. Since then, the religious fervor toward Guadalupe has never waned. The place has become a Mecca for Catholics from around the world, who wish to see the shrine where she appeared and the massive infrastructure that it has created. Pilgrims often arrive here crawling, as a sign of humility and/or to pay for some miracle that has been granted to them. The adjacent museum is an exquisite glimpse at all things catholic and the history of the church in this deeply religious country. The Basilica de Guadalupe is a great place to glimpse at the deep devotion of Mexico.
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