The Guadalupe Trail

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On the footsteps of the pious man. The Virgin selected Mexico for her fifth aparition, and chose a very devote indigenous man, Saint Juan Diego, to reveal herself and her name. The Road to Guadalupe is the way to follow Saint Juan Diego's steps to the landmarks of his life.

Saint Juan Diego went to mass at the Santiago church in Tlatelolco, the closest temple to his home. To get there he had to walk across the Tepeyac hill. That´s were the Virgin appeared before him four times between December 9th and 12th,  1531, barely 10 years after the conquest of Tenochtitlan. The Virgin ordered him to take the Bishop some roses that had just flourished as proof, and it was when he was unwrapping the flowers that the image of the Virgin appeared on the cloth.

A shrine was built at the place of the apparition, today known as Capilla del Cerrito. At the base of the hill stands the Guadalupe Basilica, welcoming the millions of pilgrims arriving to this sacred place every year.

If you are coming from the city center your starting point is the Metropolitan Cathedral, at the Zócalo. From there, start your way to Guadalupe, continue to Tlatelolco and a bit further down go on the pilgrim's road, which will take you to the Basilica.

Part of the road to Guadalupe goes across the neighbouring State of Mexico. There you will find the San Francisco Javier former convent in Tepozotlan, where the Viceroyalty Museum is located. At Santa Maria Tulpetlac you´ll find the Fifth Aparition of the Virgin Sanctuary, built over San Bernardino's home. This video shows the highlights of the Road to Guadalupe.

You may learn about the history of Tlatelolco, which was first a ceremonial center in pre-hispanic times, at the University Cultural Center and the archaeological site.

Download the free app developed by Mexico City for religious tourism (Android / iOS).

At the Mexico City Youtube channel you will find videos featuring some of the most emblematic temples of the city.

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