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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  • This colonial architecture is fantastic and beautiful is something beautiful fascinated me the outside and inside of an exceptionally helpful way
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  • Beautiful architecture. I have been to churches all over the world and I must say, this is one of the neatest to see  more »
  • The Cathedral is beautiful! Impressive such beauty, so many perfect details, and by size. The visit can be made without Guide. Well worth going.
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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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