Best Virgin of Guadalupe (2010)

Shrine on 17th and Buena streets, Santa Ana

Amid the buzzing traffic on 17th Street in Santa Ana is a moment of serenity: a shrine dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe outside an apartment complex. A statue of la morenita stands in a humble wooden structure, surrounded by fresh flowers, devotional cards, prayers and other offerings from her followers. It's not extravagant, not sponsored by the Diocese of Orange, and doesn't even fall under the care of one particular individual—it's folk art at its best and devotion at its most inspiring.


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