Again, I came here for the historical part. There are 2 Basilica of Lady Guadalupe here in Mexico City. The Old/ Original one and the New/Modern one.
The built of Old Basilica was started in 1531 and it took 200 years to complete and lead by various architect during its completion. This Old Basilica has a baroque style intricate at the top part of the building, Indian element at the middle and finished by Dutch Colonial style at the bottom part. One thing for sure that, you won’t be getting a straight – even level (horizontal) image of Old Basilica because this building is tilted to the left by few degree due to sinking ground. Also, due to the structure weakened of Old Basilica, The New Basilica was erected in year 1974 with a
70’s swanky stadium like, church.
Although the new church able to sit 50,000 thousand people at a time, the old church is still open for people.
Just like any other House of God, the interior of this Old church adorned with massive chandeliers and gold embellishment in every nook and corner. Marbles floors and old paintings from wall to wall make me realized that people really took effort to decorate House of God just like Palaces and expensive 5 star hotels and giving this kind of luxury look. I can understand about Palace and 5 Star hotel. But House of God? Does God demanded this at all?
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Disebab kan itulah adanya kecurian di masjid masjid dan juga rumah ibadat lain yang sewaktu dengannya.
All I can see ‘materialism’ concept is being put upfront every time I walked into the House of God. Be it churches or mosques, it is all the same.
Inside of New Basilica and It came with travelator on the ground floor.
The new church also hold a holy relic here, “The Miraculous Image” – the original miraculous apron containing the image of the Virgin hangs behind bullet-proof glass. The apron Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin wore was studied by Philip Serna Callahan in 1981 with infrared rays. He reported that the portions of the face, hands, robe, and mantle had been painted in one step, with no sketches or corrections and no paintbrush strokes. Some textile experts have said that they cannot understand how the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been conserved since 1531, exposed to dust, heat, humidity, and even a bomb without wearing down and without discoloration. (source http://www.sacred-destinations.com)
All in all, I always prefer old dated architecture over modern. Always.
Group picture with our tour member of the day and tour guide.