Basilica de Guadalupe is a massive Catholic church that serves as the country's national shrine and houses the famous cloak containing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Dating back to 1709, this church has become one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Catholics.

Whether you find spiritual fulfillment or just want to admire the impressive architecture, everyone can enjoy a trip to this church. Kids may not find much entertainment, however, given the sacred religious and cultural importance of the building. Most people visit for about an hour or so, but how long you stay is really up to you.

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What are the highlights of Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City?

The most iconic aspect of Basilica de Guadalupe is the tilma, or the cloak of Our Lady Guadalupe. You can see this sacred Catholic artefact on display here behind bulletproof glass and crowds of people looking for a blessing.

If you're interested in the architecture of the basilica, you'll be happy to know that there are actually 2 different buildings you can admire. The old basilica is the original built centuries ago, though it has fallen out of use for regular service due to the sinking land and limited space. The new basilica was built in the 1970s and sports an alluring circular design.

What else is good to know about Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City?

When you visit the Basilica de Guadalupe, you'll notice quite a few vendors in the area taking advantage of the fact that it's so popular with travellers. While you'll find plenty of souvenirs around, be sure to visit the mom-and-pop restaurants and cafés nearby, too.

Visiting this church will put you close to several other attractions you may be interested in. The Museo de Los Ferrocarrileros is located just a short walk to the south. Meanwhile, the historic centre of the city is a few miles south, but you can stop by several markets and malls along the way.

Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City

Location: Fray Juan de Zumárraga No. 2, Villa Gustavo A. Madero, Gustavo A. Madero, 07050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Open: Friday–Wednesday from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm, Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm

Phone: +52 55 5118 0500