The Catedral Metropolitana in Mexico City, one of the oldest and largest houses of religious worship in Latin America, stands out as an architectural wonder with soaring spires. The significant historical landmark, which sits atop the former Aztec site Templo Mayor, took 3 centuries to build and features baroque, neoclassical, and neo-renaissance design. It's located at the northern edge of the Zócalo in the Distrito Federal.

Inside the cathedral, officially named the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary Into Heaven, visitors will encounter exquisite interiors and art at every turn.

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While the Catedral Metropolitana boasts much to see, the main highlights include 14 chapels, artwork, and sculptures, as well as the high altar and sacristy with its glistening dome. The cathedral church, which serves as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico, is a serene sanctuary that the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes is said to have modelled on the cathedrals of Spain.

All are welcome at the Catedral Metropolitana in Mexico City, and there is always something to see in the gorgeous surroundings, like the Altar of Forgiveness, the Altar of the Kings, or any of its chapels.

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Visitors to the Catedral Metropolitana may also notice a unique feature of the colonial building: Its floor is uneven due to the building's continuous sinking every year. While the future of the structural integrity of the building remains unknown, there are ongoing efforts for its preservation.

No fee is required to enter the Catedral Metropolitana, but a donation is requested for entry to the choir of the sacristy. Guests may take pictures, but flash photography is not permitted. The cathedral is open to visitors daily and is accessible via the Zócalo metro stop.

Catedral Metropolitana in Mexico City

Location: de la Constitución S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Open: Daily from 8 am to 8 pm

Phone: +52 55 4165 4052