Towering over a massive stone courtyard deep in the center of Mexico City, stands the lavishly ornate Basilica of Guadeloupe. Here, hundreds of thousands of devout worshipers annually make the pilgrimage to come worship at Mexico’s most sacred Catholic cathedral. More impressively, based on the number of worshipers, it is considered the most important sanctuary of Catholicism in the world second only to Vatican City. The magnitude of the dimensions and furnishings of the structure are awe-inspiring to say the least. The newer modern-day Basilica, built in the late 1970’s and constructed on the site of the original 16th century church, can seat up to 40,000 during a large mass. To illustrate its immensity, the smallest of the pipes on the church’s enormous pipe organ weighs 800 pounds. The largest pipe stands forty feet tall, yet looks small attached to the walls of the gigantic front altar. The entire building is circular in design to give a clear view of the supposed miraculous image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.