Cerro del Tepeyac & La Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City make pretty clear the love & belief most people here have for la Virgen de Guadalupe.
How did this happen? Well, according to history, when the Spaniards came and conquered, our indigenous people did not accept their religion so the Catholic Church replaced Tonantzi, the Goddess of All or “Our Little Mother” with Virgin Mary.
Cerro del Tepeyac was devoted to Tonantzi. During the evangelization, Virgin Mary revealed herself to Juan Diego with the mission to ask the bishop to build her a temple.
The bishop demanded proof of miracle, so Virgin Mary asked Juan Diego to pick up some flowers. When San Diego showed the roses to the bishop, an image of Virgin Mary imprinted into his robe was revealed. The temple was built.
That’s how la Virgen de Guadalupe became not a big thing, but a huge thing for most Mexicans.
At Cerro del Tepeyac you can find a mix between Prehespanic culture and the Catholic Church. If you are into history it can explain a lot about Mexico.
Besides this, the gardens are beautiful, there are tons of fountains, sculptures, places filled with people and small spot where you can chill and listen to your own thoughts. Totally worth it and free.
Cerro del Tepeyac is a great beginning for a whole day outdoors. 15 minutes away, find Comixcal a great place to eat and just across the street Kiosco Morisco where you can dance on the street. Enjoy!