Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Mexico City

The largest cathedral in the Americas, Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) has a rich, diverse history, beginning with its chosen location on a former Aztec sacred precinct. As you walk the cathedral’s four vast interior domes. filled with five naves and 14 chapels, you will be walking through three centuries of construction, starting in 1567 and finally ending in 1813. A patchwork of styles, originally built from the stones of a temple dedicated to the Aztec god of war, the basilica is now an extraordinary blend of baroque, neo-classical, gothic and Mexican Churrigueresque architecture. Arrange your visit to Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Mexico City using our Mexico City attractions planner.
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  • I really enjoyed seeing this iconic site. I was even more fascinated with the Bob's showing how the ground is sinking in the plaza.  more »
  • Wonderful sight! The outside was actually more impressive to me than the inside. The details and such are amazing. Free to enter and worth the time.  more »
  • This big cathedral is near Zocalo and is big and parts lavish for cathedral as such churches usually are  more »
  • I must say,there is always something ,for everyone in this unique place , for time after time I have been traveling to Mexico City and I feel so,welcome and above all ,is like you are in Europe,from the historic buildings to the vast amount of unique Architecture setting,is just by far sooo much to do there. So,I would recommend this to anyone who appreciate history and so on,especially,your money. Go there,and visit the museum,to the dining and the hospitality! People are very friendly,and willing to assist you especially,if you don’t speak Spanish.
  • Super cool! The scale is unbelievable! Enjoyed immensely. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen - you're 5000 feet up and though it might be a little cool or even a bit warm that sun is unforgiving.
  • Awe struck by the sheer size and beauty of the whole structure. I rode a tour bus here and spent about 30mins wandering around. Make sure you remove your ball caps before entering. There were a lot of people be it was very quiet inside.
  • Besides I hate religion. This place is worth to look and admire how much wealth has. Happily this place is sinking. But before it completely sinks check it out so u can see how many stones taken from the ancient pyramids were taken to build this church. Altars are breath taking and the time different chapels around are also worth to look at. p.s. the certainly don't need donations GOD hear ur prayers with out a fee :). Amen
  • Amazing architecture went into the design of this cathedral. Multiple points of interest spots in the multiple chapels and rooms throughout. Stay for mass and listen to the choir sing. It's very spiritually moving regardless of your religion.

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