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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  • One of the largest cathedrals I have ever seen, Built on the arrival of the Spaniards, still holds many original architecture stories.
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  • It is an icon of the city cathedral, never had the opportunity to enter and is very pretty, Baroque style and a spectacular body. It also has a chapel which displays many relics. In the Zócalo. Visit obliged to climb the Bell Tower.
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  • The Cathedral of Mexico City is one of the most beautiful architectural issues and acoustics that exist in our country. Enjoy the beauty of arches, vaults, stained glass, paintings, stones, constructions, towers, bell towers, but at the same time enjoy the beauty of the monumental organ of the place. Feel the tranquility of its interior and the mystery of his silence
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  • Impressive church located right in the center of the old city and right next door to the Presidential Palace. (Just in case there was ever any question about the role of the Catholic church in Mexico.) And, as shown in the image, check out the wall just above the center entrance to get a true sense of who really rules Mexico. Great acoustics when the choirs or organ are active. Lots of little chapels for those who want the privacy for prayer. A welcome relaxation from the chaos of the city outside.
  • Beautiful place! Both the inside and the outside of the cathedral have beautiful sculptures and architectural elements, mainly in a Baroque style. There's also a lot of history here, since it is built by the Spaniards in the centre of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. It is a very grand and imposing structure and is very important from a religious point of view, as it houses the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico (the highest religious rank in the country, second only to the pope). It's a must visit, as it both awes and reminds you of the atrocities the Spaniards committed in terms of forcible conversions and slavery of the indigenous peoples of Mexico.
  • Amazing singing by the choir during mass. This cathedral is grand and has many exquisite altars, many made of gold. Its beautiful and also serene, one can spend an hour or more inside in prayer and meditation. It's the main cathedral of Mexico city, located right at the centre square of the city. It's also the oldest church in Mexico city.
  • Very interesting cathedral, you can get a guide tour at this historical place. They said they have the biggest bells in the american continent, I didn't confirm this fact but they are really big. The people is very nice and open. Very enjoyable experience.
  • One of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. The organs sound amazing. Must visit in Mexico City

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