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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  • This is a remarkable place - we visited twice and attended the Sunday morning mass. Take a walk around the perimeter and view all of the chapels. Interesting to seen how it leans on the outside. A mus...  more »
  • This Cathedral in Mexico City is the oldest and largest Cathedral in Latin America situated in the Plaza de la Constitucion. It has two bell towers containing a total of 25 bells each. The interior is...  more »
  • It is a place for the prayer of thousands of Catholic believers, but also a symbol of the colony. Down on the foundations you can go to the exhibition of the catacombs and also appreciate the sacred art in its facilities. There are still masses every day.
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  • The cathedral is absolutely breathtaking. It is an active place of worship, so be mindful of those praying. But take lots of pictures.
  • Metropolitan cathedral is right at zocalo. The church was quite nice and the accoustics were very interesting. The prayers seem to boom in the church creating a very calm atmosphere. It is a quick visit and is open past 5 which means you can visit the cathedral after all the other things close down.
  • Is such a nice cathedral right on the middle of Mexico City , very convenient way to get to it , by bus a subway(metro station call zocalo) next to the president official office, so nice lots of place for sightseeing near by and to eat as well.
  • It's a must if you are visiting the Zocalo, even if you are not a believer, it's a beautiful place. Please be mindful of the people who do believe and appreciate everything you see. Even at nightime the outside of the cathedral is breathtaking.
  • A huge cathedral with outstanding architecture. There’s a cool market next to it to enjoy some shopping.
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