Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Mexico City

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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. Make Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) part of your personalized Mexico City itinerary using our Mexico City vacation planner.
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  • If you can, go on the rooftop of this cathedral. It gives a nice view over the central plaza, and it does not take too much time of your day! 
  • Enter the Cathedral is found in a place of peace, listening to mass is unique. Everything that is there, is how the Mexican people venerate the Catholic faith. You can not go to Mexico without going
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  • Located in the Zocolo, a must visit is this grand cathedral built over the Aztec pyramids and located beside the Temple Major. 
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  • One of the most ancient churches in the Americas, the Metropolitan Cathedral took almost 300 years to be completed! If you think its baroque facade looks amazing, just wait to see its massive interior! Dozens of small chapels dedicated to many saints flank the central nave supported by massive columns at least 70 feet high. The place's masterpiece is without a doubt the breathtaking Altar to the Three Magi completely coated in gold and precious stones. Tours to the bell towers and roof are available every half-hour or so, ask for tickets at the entrance.
  • The largest cathedral in the Americas does not disappoint. This is a massive church which has multiple alters all of which are unique and contain beautiful artwork and relics. The statue of the Black Christ is very imposing. It's a treat to visit this place when the choir is singing.
  • Iconic cathedral in Mexico City's central Zócalo. Worth a visit when passing through the historic downtown area. Interesting note: While there notice how the original construction has sunk into the ground due to the high water table of the city built on a lake.
  • A Cathedral with a lot of history, definitely worth visiting as part of a tour to understand the culture of Mexico and the process through which it went centuries ago. Built on top of the ruins of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan, it offers the opportunity to glimpse at some of said ruins through glass panes around its grounds, and the Cathedral itself is very opulent within, although also often filled to the brim.
  • They build churches big and small ok in style in Mexico and this one, the Cathedral of the capital city, is particularly spectacular (though maybe second to Santo Domingo de Guzman in Oaxaca). Vast interior and looks great backdropped with a blue sky when walking around the historic centre of DF.