Mexico City is the world's
top religious tourist destination
Mexico City, Mexico: Mexico City
finished first in a list of the world's most visited
religious tourism destinations, ahead of the Vatican and
Lourdes in France.
A study carried out by the
Spanish Office of Tourism found that Mexico's capital is
the preferred destination of tourists seeking religious
sites, largely because of its Basilica de Guadalupe,
which receives millions of pilgrims each year.
The site of the basilica
marks the spot where, according to Catholic tradition,
the Virgin de Guadalupe -- Mexico's most revered saint
--appeared to indigenous farmer Juan Diego in 1531.
Every year, millions of pilgrims make their way to the
shrine -- arriving in their biggest numbers around Dec.
12, the Dia de la Virgin.
Second place on the list of
top religious destinations was claimed by Lourdes.
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