In Honor of the Feast Day of
Our Lady of Guadalupe
The tilma once worn by San Juan Diego hangs in a frame, on the wall behind the altar, in the new
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. A painting of San Juan Diego and a large crucifix
are to the visitor's right of the tilma.
A closer view of the tilma is available from "people movers" below and behind the altar.
We are told the crown above the image is that once worn by the Empress Carlotta in the 19th century.
A number of chapels are on the second floor, open to the main sanctuary below.
Here, Father Tim Martinez (Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe) celebrates Mass
with a group on a pilgrimage, as Mass is also being said below.
The new Basilica is an imposing structure that shares the square with its precedessor.
If you are facing the new Basilica, and turn to the right, you will now be facing the old Basilica.
The tilma of San Juan Diego was displayed here for centuries.
Directly behind the old Basilica is Tepeyac Hill.
A church sits on top of the hill, where Our Lady appeared to San Juan Diego.
These pictures were taken by a parishioner during a pilgrimage in September 2006.
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Last updated December 12, 2006