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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  • This place is always so lively with music, people and great things happening in the square around it. The cathedral itself is magnificent and grand.  more »
  • Had a number of hours of a layover, so grabbed an Uber and headed downtown. It was Easter Saturday, so the cathedral was filled with lots of people and flowers. The Spanish colonial architecture is ab...  more »
  • Well, obviously, there are not that many cathedrals of this age and scale, so it attracts some attention. But, frankly, I wouldn't call it outstanding or unforgettable.  more »
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  • 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 :)
  • Impressive cathedral. Too many people talking loudly unfortunately... But definitely worth a visit