Saturday, May 2, 2015

inSPIREd Sunday

1989 - Mexico City Mexico

I was backing up photos and came across these from 1989. I had visited this church first in 1976 and the last time in 2002. 

The shrine was built near the hill ofTepeyac where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. This site is also known as La Villa de Guadalupe or, in a more popular sense, simply La Villa, as it has several churches and related buildings.

There are three churches in this photo.

The best photos are from 1989 which were scanned. The ones from 2002 were taken with our first digital camera and they are horrible.

The new Basilica houses the original tilma (or cloak) of Juan Diego, which holds the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. One of the most important pilgrimage sites of Catholicism, the basilica is visited by several million people every year, especially around 12 December, Our Lady of Guadalupe's feast day.

I much prefer the older churches.

There was a festival taking place, but since I wasn't blogging back then, I have no idea what it was for.


  1. That is a huge basilica, and like you, I prefer the older style of architecture myself. Thanks for sharing!

  2. wow, you share a lot in this post ... who can pick a fave? not me. i can find a lot of what i love about them all. i love architecture. religious building included. i love that you can travel so. i live through your overseas traveling. i hope one day to get overseas. so far no go ... fingers crossed on that. ( :

  3. The church seems to go on and on. Tom The Backroads Traveller

  4. I do prefer the older styles of churches to the newer one.

  5. I prefer the old to the new there too - at least from your pics I do! They are both impressive though!

  6. I enjoy the older buildings, too. The modern one reminds me of a stadium.

  7. Definitely awesome buildings!


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