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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  • Beautiful temple in the center of the socket. Impressive pendulum that measures the intensity of earthquakes that have occurred
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  • A cathedral that has dyed several versions over the centuries. It is the largest Cathedral in Latin America. Neo-classical facade and the ultrabarroco Tabernacle. Worth seeing its baroque altars inside
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  • When touring Centro Historico you can't miss the Zocalo, the largest square in Latin America. Built along one side of this plaza is the Metropolitan Cathedral also the largest in Latin America! It is ...  more »
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  • Highly recommend! It is free to enter and look around. Do not take pictures of people during the real mass. There are multiple parts to the cathedral, so be sure to take your time and explore the whole property. It is a must see in Mexico City! You don’t even need to check your bag, just walk right in.
  • Impressive church located right in the center of the old city and right next door to the Presidential Palace. (Just in case there was ever any question about the role of the Catholic church in Mexico.) And, as shown in the image, check out the wall just above the center entrance to get a true sense of who really rules Mexico. Great acoustics when the choirs or organ are active. Lots of little chapels for those who want the privacy for prayer. A welcome relaxation from the chaos of the city outside.
  • Beautiful place! Both the inside and the outside of the cathedral have beautiful sculptures and architectural elements, mainly in a Baroque style. There's also a lot of history here, since it is built by the Spaniards in the centre of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. It is a very grand and imposing structure and is very important from a religious point of view, as it houses the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico (the highest religious rank in the country, second only to the pope). It's a must visit, as it both awes and reminds you of the atrocities the Spaniards committed in terms of forcible conversions and slavery of the indigenous peoples of Mexico.
  • Amazing singing by the choir during mass. This cathedral is grand and has many exquisite altars, many made of gold. Its beautiful and also serene, one can spend an hour or more inside in prayer and meditation. It's the main cathedral of Mexico city, located right at the centre square of the city. It's also the oldest church in Mexico city.
  • This church is beautiful. It was built over ruins and over the years it has sunk. The church cealings and walks are made with pure gold. There in pendulum towards the back where they keep track of the amount it's dropped over the years(no access to it during services).There is no flash photography allowed at any point and especially while there is mass.

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