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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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  • I made a visit to the cathedral as it was only a 5-minute walk from my hotel. There is no admission, and no photos are allowed. The cathedral was not very colorful inside, lots of grey and light... 
    I made a visit to the cathedral as it was only a 5-minute walk from my hotel. There is no admission, and no photos are allowed. The cathedral was not very colorful inside, lots of grey and light...  more »
  • The church is undergoing renovations, so I am not sure what full access would entail, but the church makes for a great stop to say a prayer or admire the good furnishings. There is a small gift shop.....  more
    The church is undergoing renovations, so I am not sure what full access would entail, but the church makes for a great stop to say a prayer or admire the good furnishings. There is a small gift shop.....  more »
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  • 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.
  • It is nice, but I felt the atmosphere was ruined by the big TV screens about COVID-19. We are all aware and there are guards inside to ensure nobody is breaking the rules. There is a side area that costs an extra few pesos and there is a guide to explain what you're looking at (in Spanish) and I would make sure to see that as well. Very clean and quiet. Everyone is respectful. Maybe I have just be to too many cathedrals just like this in other cities to be overly impressed. It wasn't bad or unimpressive by any means. I just wasn't blown away by anything in particular. It is certainly worth a look in if you're in the area. I think if you want the most out of it and are really interested in the art/history, hire one of the guides outside. We didn't do that. It only took us about 15-20 minutes to walk though.

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