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Monastery of Guadalupe

The Monastery of Guadalupe, located in the Extremadura region of Spain, is an emblematic sanctuary of medieval origin that has been a center of Marian devotion and pilgrimage for more than seven centuries. Its foundation is closely linked to the legend of the image of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, a 12th-century Romanesque carving that, according to tradition, was buried next to St. Luke and brought to Spain to be hidden during the Arab invasion. Miraculously discovered by the shepherd Gil Cordero in the 13th century, the image inspired the construction of a humble hermitage that, with time and the devotion of Alfonso XI and other monarchs, became a majestic monastery, first run by the Order of St. Jerome and, since 1908, by the Franciscan Order.

The monastery has witnessed the history of Spain, receiving visits from illustrious figures such as the Catholic Monarchs, Christopher Columbus, Miguel de Cervantes and Philip II. Famous for its architecture of various styles, its library and its artistic workshops, Guadalupe was also an important cultural and educational center, with significant contributions in medicine and the arts. Declared a “National Monument” in 1879 and a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO in 1993, the monastery continues to be a spiritual and tourist destination, attracting thousands of visitors who come to venerate the Virgin of Guadalupe, “Queen of Spain,” and to explore its rich historical and cultural heritage.



  • Address
    Plaza Sta. María de Guadalupe, 10140 Guadalupe, Cáceres
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Every day from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • What to see
    Miraculous statue of Virgin Mary

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