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A Dark-skined Madona: Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe. ©Maria Gutiérrez-Conde 1993
A Dark-skined Madona: Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe

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The monastery is an outstanding repository of four centuries of Spanish religious architecture. It symbolizes two significant events in world history that occurred in 1492: the Reconquest of the Iberian peninsula by the Catholic Kings and Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas. Its famous statue of the Virgin became a powerful symbol of the Christianization of much of the New World.

on this subject: WHC documentation about this site

Place/region: Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, Spain, Europe
Series: NHK World Heritage 100
Type: Documentary
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Publisher: NHK. Sponsor: UNESCO WHC, UNESCO TV.
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