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. 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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  • We went here on our private tour in place of Guadeloupe. It is grand and beautiful and well worth seeing. Also the surrounding square is a sight as well. 
    We went here on our private tour in place of Guadeloupe. It is grand and beautiful and well worth seeing. Also the surrounding square is a sight as well.  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral in the heart of the Zocalo area of Mexico City. It had restricted some areas of access due to covid, but it's still a beautiful place to visit. It's also free entry for... 
    Beautiful cathedral in the heart of the Zocalo area of Mexico City. It had restricted some areas of access due to covid, but it's still a beautiful place to visit. It's also free entry for...  more »
  • Not unlike many in South America. Full of gold and extravagance. No access to many areas because of COVID Restrictions. 
    Not unlike many in South America. Full of gold and extravagance. No access to many areas because of COVID Restrictions.  more »
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  • Plenty of good small rustic hotels located in the historic district. They don't have many amenities but the experience is priceless and there all within walking distance of the church. Need to be careful with some of the roof top restaurants. This time they were charging 100 pesos goes to go up per person. The plaza has plenty of vendors and Aztec dancers.
  • It's a very nice monument with free entrance in the historical district of Mexico city. It's definitely worth visiting if you are in the city. There are many nice monuments around the city. You should definitely walk around the right side of the cathedral and see the local shamans, in original costumes, doing cleansing rituals. It is an experience!
  • This place is a must if you are in Mexico City's downtown. So much history, art and beautiful architecture to witness. You can pay 10 pesos for extra attractions inside, they are worth it, as their beauty is mesmerizing. They have lots of extra safety measures during the pandemic, which makes it a safe place to visit.
  • Im not Catholic, and don't understand putting so much money in to a church and the deceased clergy, but....the craftsmanship that went in to it is amazing. Took a tour of the underground, my Spanish is OK, but the tour guide spoke faster than my brain could process. If in the area, worth the trip.
  • Beautiful. The main sanctuary has 15 smaller chapels. There are 2 organs inside the sanctuary that are over 300 years old. It was very impressive.

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