Founded in 1927 by Father Marcelino Ruiz from Mexico, this site pays tribute to the Mexican American culture in Southeast Texas. Dedicated on June 3, 2000, the shrine portrays the story of one of the most famous miracles in the history of Catholicism, Our Lady of Guadalupe. The 17’ bronze statue in patina color was sculptured by artist Miguel Angel Macias, from Mexico City and Port Arthur artist, Douglas Clark. It is set directly on top of rocks brought to Port Arthur from Mount Tepeyac, Mexico City, Mex., where the Virgin appeared to Juan Diego. The 7' bronze statue of St. Juan Diego, sculpted by the same artists, was placed on the shrine site November 2, 2001. The back wall of the shrine showcases stained glass windows depicting various symbols relating to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Rose Chapel is known for the blooms in the stained glass windows. Hours: Rose Chapel, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm daily. Shrine open all hours. Admission: Free.
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