Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia

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Basilica-Cathedral of Our Lady of Altagracia
Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia
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Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia
Religion
AffiliationRoman Catholic
DistrictDiocese of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia in Higüey
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusMinor basilica
Location
LocationHigüey, Dominican Republic
Geographic coordinates18°36′58″N 68°43′01″W / 18.61611°N 68.71694°W / 18.61611; -68.71694Coordinates: 18°36′58″N 68°43′01″W / 18.61611°N 68.71694°W / 18.61611; -68.71694
Architecture
TypeChurch
StyleModern
Groundbreaking1954
Completed1970

The Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia is a Roman Catholic minor basilica and cathedral in Dominican Republic dedicated to Our Lady of Altagracia, patroness of the nation. It is in Salvaleón de Higüey. The basilica is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia en Higüey.

The cathedral was raised to the honor of a minor basilica by Pope Paul VI on December 17, 1970. It was visited by Pope John Paul II during his visit to the country in 1992.

Among the many reasons that inspired its creation, there is one that stands out. A long time ago a young girl from the same city asked her father for a portrait of the Virgin Mary. Her father (name unknown) brought the picture as gift for her. It is believed that the portrait was placed at the house of this girl. For some reason, at the break of dawn of each day, the portrait was always found outside the house, beneath a small tree. Every day this portrait was moved back inside by the girl, until she told her parents about it. The place became sacred, and the basilica was built on that same spot as reference of Mary's grace.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Diocese of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia en Higüey, Dominican Republic". www.gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2015-12-02.