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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  • Quite the beautiful church with altars adorned with detail and covered in gold. It's hard to ignore the rolling floors caused by earthquakes and sinking but just happy that the cathedral has survived....  more »
  • Beautiful cathedral. No need for a tour guide as it’s free to enter and you can explore the place yourself. Most information is written in Spanish but we still enjoyed the visit. Plan on 1-2 hours to....  more »
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  • I must say,there is always something ,for everyone in this unique place , for time after time I have been traveling to Mexico City and I feel so,welcome and above all ,is like you are in Europe,from the historic buildings to the vast amount of unique Architecture setting,is just by far sooo much to do there. So,I would recommend this to anyone who appreciate history and so on,especially,your money. Go there,and visit the museum,to the dining and the hospitality! People are very friendly,and willing to assist you especially,if you don’t speak Spanish.
  • Super cool! The scale is unbelievable! Enjoyed immensely. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen - you're 5000 feet up and though it might be a little cool or even a bit warm that sun is unforgiving.
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