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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  • I love architecture especially churches and cathedral from Colonial era. This Cathedral is huge, gorgeous, and open from morning until around 7pm. Our hotel is arounc Zocalo hence we saw and walked pa...  more »
  • Built in 3 centuries. You can see its architecture from the Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical styles. It is located in the heart of the historic center of Mexico. Down the Cathedral you can visit remains of what was once the Aztec city and a very well done Museum called, archaeological site of the temple more... Opposite there is a Grand Plaza known as the Zocalo where people gather to celebrate, protest, or have fun. On the other side of the socket is the national Placido, where is the office of the President of the Republic, is open to the public certain areas where murals of Diego Rivera. Much to see walking through the historical centre. There are restaurants for all budgets. Since typical canteens or nice restaurants like La Casa de las Sirenas. It is recommended not to take anything of value. (earrings, watches or jewelry)
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  • The Cathedral is on the central square, next to other buildings. Altars covered by sheets of gold, impressed by the beauty, detail and grandeur.
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  • Although what this colonial baroque jewel was built on top off, was probably more unique and amazing, one cannot deny the beauty of the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heavens. It is interesting to note how much it has sinked throughout the last centuries, having its construction started in 1573, and completed in 1813. It is definitively worth a visit, taking time to stroll inside
  • Iconic and charming spot. Easy place to meet up with friends. You can visit the rooftop and the bells. Also, crazy to think there's a pyramid underneath!
  • The massage was very awesome. Tilla was communicative, funny and very helpful. I felt very comfortable with her. She’s professional and knew exactly what she was doing. Can’t recommend enough. I can’t say enough about this massage.
  • Beautiful Spanish architecture! This church is a wonderful example of Spanish art and culture! The whole area is lit up during the evenings and looks great! Entry is free. The choir singing is a lovely sight. Photography is allowed inside. Carry enough water and put on your walking shoes as this whole area has wonderful monuments to explore! You can visit all the monuments in one day!
  • What an awesome place to spend an afternoon! My husband and I were at first unsure if we wanted to visit Mexico City, but we are so glad we did. This cathedral has some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping architecture you'll come across...anywhere. The art-work is spectacular. It's simply amazing the level of detail it's took to maintain this gem of a cathedral over the years. So glad we came!
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