So powerful was belief among Catholics in Mexico about the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the peasant farmer Juan Diego in 1531, that shrines commemorating that event have been erected across the country. Even in the agricultural and ranching community of Irapuato, a shrine was erected to honor it almost three centuries later, in 1846. Today, this beautiful church commemorates and celebrates their worship.
From the outside, the Santuario may seem a little forbidding, with its strong stone walls and towers. Once inside, though, you'll find a light, elegant arches and pillars; the architecture is inspiring and welcoming. A painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe is over the altar, surmounted by an almost life-size crucifix. Throughout the nave there are other paintings and details. Visitors are welcome, but the church's schedule of masses and other events take precedence.
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