The shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe was the most important Marian shrine in the medieval kingdom of Castile. According to local legend, when Seville was taken by the Moors in , a group of priests fled northward and buried the statue in the hills near the Guadalupe River in Extremadura. At the beginning of the 14th century, the Virgin appeared one day to a humble cowboy named Gil Cordero who was searching for a missing animal in the mountains. Excavating priests rediscovered the hidden statue and built a small shrine around it which evolved into the great Guadalupe monastery. The polychromed cedar sculpture is just over two feet in height.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe in Extremadura
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While the proportion of Catholics in Mexico isn't accurate anymore, the Virgin of Guadalupe remains a cherished part of Mexican national identity, reflected in the fact that millions of women and men are named Guadalupe, many going by the nickname "Lupe. As a specialist in Latin American religion, I've always been fascinated by the number of devotees to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Diego sought out the archbishop of Mexico City to share news of the miraculous apparition but was met with skepticism. Determined to have her church built and named Guadalupe, the Virgin instructed the middle-aged Aztec to try again with the top prelate in Mexico.
The basilica is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, and the world's third most-visited sacred site. Catholic accounts claim that the Virgin Mary appeared four times before Juan Diego and once more before Juan Diego's uncle. According to those Catholic version accounts, the first apparition occurred on the morning of December 9, , when it is said that a native Mexican peasant named Juan Diego experienced a vision of a young woman at a place called the Hill of Tepeyac , which would become part of Villa de Guadalupe , in a suburb of Mexico City.