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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  • A very nice place, shame that the police do not let you take pictures, but in general is very beautiful
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  • Beautiful Cathedral, worth paying the ticket up to the Bell Tower, you should ask at the entrance as you enter, from there you will see the base and nearby places
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  • The Cathedral is located in the socket. Can I enter to see it without having to pay entry. But to know the Bell if you have to pay a small entrance fee. From the Bell Tower is an unforgettable panoramic view. The Cathedral is impressive, with a majestic main altar and a choir that has nothing to envy to the great churches of the time. Around the Central magnificent of the nave there are also beautiful altars dedicated to Saints or any advocation of the Virgin. It is a place that can not know if you are in the historic center of Mexico City.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wonderful an utterly staggering, cavernous space. I'm determined to hear the choir singing :)

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