Minor Basilica of Guadalupe

Since as early as the 17th century, San Luis Potosi has worshiped the Virgin of Guadalupe, a Virgin Mary who appeared before the eyes of a native Mexican peasant around 1532. Since then, her image and popularity has spread around the country, and now there even is a national holiday in her honor in Mexico, the Day of Guadalupe, the 12th of December.

"I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion and it is the spirit."

Khalil Gibran

The pilgrimage to the Basilica

On the Guadalupe Day, you can see many pilgrims arriving to the church, some on their knees, other crawling, to ask the blessing of the holy lady. She is said to be able to cure many deceases.

The Guadalupe Road

To reach the Basilica, you have to walk along the Guadalupe Road (Calzada de Guadalupe). It’s a pretty nice 3km long pedestrian road from which you can see a monument, the Caja de agua. A bad translation could be “Water tank” but in fact it’s a sculpture in pink cantera stone, typical from the region. The same material has been used to build the Basilica and many buildings in the city center. Many years ago, the water which is still a rare resource in a desert like region, arrived and was stored under the monument. One factor, with the mining industry, that helped San Luis Potosi reach prosperity.

 

Info:

Basilica Menor

Calzada de Guadalupe #1005,

Barrio de San Sebastián

 

Have a nice pilgrimage 🙂