Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego in Decembre 12, 1531, she asked him to go to the Bishop and request him to build a church for her on the barren hill of Tepeyac that is now part of Mexico City. According to tradition the image appeared miraculously on the cloak of Juan Diego. On this day people from all parts of Mexico make their way to Mexico’s chief religious center at the Basilica of the Virgen. Over 12 million faithful visit the Basilica every year, making it the second most visited church in the world, after St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.Today, there are two churches at the top of Mount Tepeyac, the new Basilica contains the original cloak of Juan Diego.

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