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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

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Address: Avenida 16 de Septiembre | Colonia Centro, Mexico City 06010, Mexico
Phone Number:
52 5 5129467
08:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

One of the largest churches in Latin America, this famous cathedral...

One of the largest churches in Latin America, this famous cathedral dominates the Zócalo.

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Beautiful but sinking

Fascinating to see the Spanish influence of Catholicism on the Mexican people. This church is a symbol of that. More telling is the effects of the church and it's sinking... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2016
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Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

Fascinating to see the Spanish influence of Catholicism on the Mexican people. This church is a symbol of that. More telling is the effects of the church and it's sinking foundations. Do take your time exploring both inside and outside of the church.

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Reviewed 29 March 2016

The cathedral was mostly blocked off for Holy Week services when I visited, but I did the tour of the bell towers, which was fantastic. You get to see the giant bells and learn a bit of their history if you speak Spanish. Even if you don't, the tour is worthwhile for the views of the city, and because you... More 

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Reviewed 26 March 2016

The Cathedral is absolutely beautiful and must see when you're in Mexico City. The altars inside are intricately detailed, and it really gives you and understanding of Latin American Catholicism. The high altar is gorgeous and amazingly detailed and provides photographers with many opportunities for taking good photographs. If you can, also try to visit the sacristy since it has... More 

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Reviewed 26 March 2016

If going to mexico city, you have to go by the Cathedral and the whole area around it. The area is call El zocalo and has the main square of the city, the cathedral, the presidential palace and many other buildings to see. You can also walk around the colonial area.

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Reviewed 24 March 2016

This place is another stunning cathedral. I have seen what seems like hundreds of Cathedrals, but this one is very beautiful and intricate. Very crowded though.

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Reviewed 18 March 2016

It is worth the time to admire the architecture. You cannot miss this cathedral, it is very large and the middle of the Zocalo you will be sure to visit while in Mexico City!

Thank Chr15t1n3
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Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

Loved this building arcitectual designs it was just beautiful its really close to the zocalo there is lots of walking which is why i wouldnt recommend taking kids

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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

Even the second time around I was in awe of how much wealth the Spanish put into this cathedral when it was built first. The architecture is interesting, without the wow effect I had visiting other cathedrals throughout the globe, but the inside makes up for it. When I'm in Mexico City again it's one of the places I'd go... More 

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Reviewed 16 March 2016

I am not sure about the title of this review, but is seems to me. It is huge and amazing, outside and inside. It was built on top of the pyramids when Spanish people came as a sign of religious conquer. Inside is fabulous. Mexico has a sinking problem with the buildings, so it has a pendulum that shows how... More 

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Reviewed 15 March 2016

The outside and inside of this Cathedral creates an impact that is considerably good, one of the best of America.

Thank Fernando R

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