One of the many shrines to Our Lady of Guadalupe, also know as the Virgin of Guadalupe. Webster’s defines ubiquitous as, existing or being everywhere at the same time, and that is certainly true when it comes to shrines to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. This one was in a banana warehouse in the Central market in Mexico City, Mexico. Early ’70’s.
Nikkormat camera, Nikkor 50mm lens, Tri-X film
According to tradition, Juan Diego, a simple indigenous peasant, saw a vision of a young woman on December 9, 1531. While he was on the hill in the desert of Tepeyac near Mexico City, the lady told him to build a church exactly on the spot where they were standing. He told the local bishop, who asked for some proof. He went back and saw the vision again. He told the lady that the bishop wanted proof, and she said “Bring the roses behind you.” When he looked behind, he saw a bunch of roses growing. He cut the roses, placed them in his poncho and returned to the bishop. When he arrived to the bishop, he said he had brought proof. When he opened his poncho, instead of roses there was a picture of the young lady in the vision. Today, the icon is displayed in the Basilica of Guadalupe nearby, one of the most visited Catholic shrines in the world