Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Mexico City

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Religious Site · Architectural Building
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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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  • This is a wonderful Cathedral and one of the largest churches in the world. It is a wonderful and peaceful place to visit. I was able to attend Mass here during a weekday visit. For anyone of... 
    This is a wonderful Cathedral and one of the largest churches in the world. It is a wonderful and peaceful place to visit. I was able to attend Mass here during a weekday visit. For anyone of...  more »
  • This place is awesome, if you like churches. It is gigantic and has been full of activity every time I've visited. Masks required and remove hats/sunglasses. Some places say no flash photography but.....  more
    This place is awesome, if you like churches. It is gigantic and has been full of activity every time I've visited. Masks required and remove hats/sunglasses. Some places say no flash photography but.....  more »
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  • Beautiful cathedral! The outside is beautiful and the inside even more so. You can take pictures inside without a problem and can also pay $100 pesos to take the subterranean tour to see the crypt of the first archbishop of Mexico. Beautiful details everywhere and many parts made of gold. Visually impressive.
  • 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.

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