Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Mexico City

Categories: Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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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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  • The Cathedral as well as other parts of the city, are the most characteristic of the DF. Worth the penalty knowing them. Not the knowledge inside
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  • It is a special place in the city of mexico since it shows part of our pre-Hispanic culture surrounding the found ruins and the Cathedral that is a symbol of colonial mexico. Worthy emblem of our culture and tradition. If they come to the city of Mexico, I think it is a must stop.
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  • I loved the architecture and a visit to the Bell Tower, it is exciting to witness the moment of change of hour, especially at 12, and the view of the Zocalo from the Tower!
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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.
  • 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.
  • 15th cathedral in world according to size. Really not all that impressive compared to its distant cousins in Europe. Don't visit on a Sunday, you'll only get to stand in the front entry area.
  • This cathedral is absolutely amazing but that is just the start. The area is surrounded by an archaeological monument that you can walk through, big church complex, bars and restaurants and full of locals. Definitely worth a trip. Some areas of the plaza are accessible.
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