A vintage postcard of the high altar of the basilica of Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos in Jalisco, Mexico.
The city of San Juan de los Lagos has been a place of pilgrimage since the 17th century, centered around a small statue of Mary.
Legend has it that at that time a six years old trapeze artist had a fatal fall when performing one of her acts. When she was brought to the chapel for burial a woman asked her parents if she could place the small statue of Mary on the corpse. As soon as the statue touched the girl’s body she moved and sat up, miraculously brought back to life.
An 18th century Mexican engraving of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Both religious and worldly powers, pope and king, are seen kneeling before the miraculous portrait of Mary. Above the image two cherubs hold a medallion with a depiction of King David, connecting the miracle of Guadalupe with the Biblican kingdom of Israel.