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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  • We started our trip to Mexico City here (and the Zocalo) and were happy we did. This is a great starting point for learning more about Mexican and Spanish culture and history, and for seeing historic ...  more »
  • We happened to visit the cathedral during a mass on Sunday. This plus the impressive size of the church created a strong atmosphere. Really worth a visit.  more »
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  • The cathedral is absolutely breathtaking. It is an active place of worship, so be mindful of those praying. But take lots of pictures.
  • Metropolitan cathedral is right at zocalo. The church was quite nice and the accoustics were very interesting. The prayers seem to boom in the church creating a very calm atmosphere. It is a quick visit and is open past 5 which means you can visit the cathedral after all the other things close down.
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