Izamal Cathedral

Luis Alberto Cabrera Euan

July 1997

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Luis Alberto Cabrera Euan, the self-appointed guide to the Basilica, greets visitors with a smile and rewards them with an enthusiastic tour of the intricate Franciscan architecture. This stone staircase leads to the camarin, a dressing room housing the wardrobe of the Virgin. A statue of the Virgin, replacing the original one destroyed by fire in 1829, is kept here in a glass cabinet and wears a silver crown and richly embroidered gowns from Spain. Her silver crown was a gift delivered by Pope John Paul II when he visited in Izamal in August of 1993 to celebrate a mass for the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

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