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Cathedral of the Asencion (Catedral de la Asuncion)

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Address: Hidalgo | Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico
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This 16th-century church was built by a group of indigenous craftsmen and...

This 16th-century church was built by a group of indigenous craftsmen and is considered one of the oldest churches in the Americas.

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nice trip to see a good element of history

We viewed the site on a hot afternoon, and all was clean, tidy and a wonder to see ancient history up close.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Courtenay, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We viewed the site on a hot afternoon, and all was clean, tidy and a wonder to see ancient history up close.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Built by the Franciscans in 1529 as a fortress as well because of their uncertainty of the conversion of los Indios, it has many unusual aspects including Japanese murals.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This cathedral is set in beautiful gardens and has a very tranquil atmosphere - a good place to sit and meditate while watching the world go by. Apparently, this is the oldest cathedral in Latin America. Unlike other cathedrals, it does not face the main square of the city but is located in the historical centre to the south. It... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cathedral is lovely with its painted frescos. We visited around New Years, however, and the twinkling blue lights hung all over were a little jarring, detracting rather than enhancing the Cathedral. There are also two churches on the grounds, each pretty in its own way. And the manger/Bethlehem scene that was set up for the holidays was very pretty.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

It is a simple cathedral. Has nice frescos & a simple altar. We watch a bit of the Sunday mass also while there. Nice sounding organ however the singing left a lot to be desired. Had the opportunity to see the locals.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

The atmosphere around the church is always interesting, the gardens around the cathedral are beautiful and the three buildings in a compound are all very special, especially the XVIe outdoor church " for the poor" and the murals inside the main building.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Amazing structure built by the Aztec slave of Cortez and his men. Some of the stone came from the old Aztec temple Cortez destroyed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Cuernavaca is lovely to wander around. This Cathedral has three churches in a lovely garden setting. The architectural additions are eclectic and almost puzzling. This is a nice place to spend half an hour before strolling up and down the fascinating streets of this old city. The market in the town square has some lovely products at good prices. People... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I must say that we saw some things that left us pondering. A skull and cross bone outside the church is puzzling. I loved the area but as a Christian, more troubled than impressed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The Cuernavaca cathedral was built in the 1500's, and many of the original walls still stand. Inside, the murals of the martyrdom of San Felipe de Jesús date back to c. 1600. This is a gem of a historical building and well worth a visit.

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