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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  • October 4, 2017
    This cathedral is stunning and it's hard to take in just how huge it is. We only got to see the outside because as we were walking through town to go see it, the earthquake happened, so they obviously...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    We were lucky enough to visit it after 19, with a super passionate, precise and professional guide. We also visited parts of day are closed. Fantastic.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Very impressive throughout the atquitetura Cathedral, in addition is located beside the main temple and, in the middle of a cosmopolitan city
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  • June 27, 2017
    Massive and glorious. The Cathedral is comprised of the main building and adjoining smaller church for the tabernacle itself. Its hard to describe it all as its a mix match of various forms of architecture and decor, but one word that comes to mind is grand. The main alter is just this giant masterpiece of gold colored wood carvings surrounding the altar itself. The most interested and surprising thing for me was the giant hanging pendulum that shows markings on the floor of how the building is slowing shifting. Pretty cool. This is a can't be missed sight during a trip to D.F.
  • June 15, 2017
    Beautiful cathedral. Don't miss the tour to the roof for 20 pesos. It happens several times per day and you buy a ticket at a desk just inside the door under the right bell tower. We went at 11:30 and got to watch an awesome bell ringing demonstration at noon.
  • March 6, 2017
    To be honest, this massive cathedral is one of my favorite in Latin America. Why? I'm not entirely sure. I guess the sheer scale of the edifice puts me back in Rome among the countless Basilicas there. But that is high praise, as they are incredible--just as this national cathedral is incredible. The questionable theological implications of the Mexican flag amongst the crosses aside, it's a place of grandeur and respect... just ignore the gaudy trinket sales that are a little too much like Rome.
  • April 2, 2017
    This cathedral is incredible. You absolutely must visit it when near Zocalo. You can neatly taste the history as you step through the doors. Our trip to the city was quick, so we weren't able to enjoy the many tours it sounds like are available. I would love to return for those.
  • May 31, 2017
    Wonderful an utterly staggering, cavernous space. I'm determined to hear the choir singing :)

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