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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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Favourite church in the city!

History, architecture and church lovers, this one is for you! You just can't go to Mexico City without seeing it, it's gorgeous! Plus it's in the centre so you get to go on with... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2016
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Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

History, architecture and church lovers, this one is for you! You just can't go to Mexico City without seeing it, it's gorgeous! Plus it's in the centre so you get to go on with your day after you're done being obsessed with its beauty!

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Reviewed 3 March 2016

We had possibly a different experience that a lot of visitors to this church as we participated in the Sunday service officiated by the Cardinal of Mexico City. It was a beautiful place to celebrate mass with the grandeur of the Cathedral and the solemnity of the service. The structure may not be as grandiose as other churches in Mexico... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016

Mexico city can be VERY loud. Thousands of cars, millions of people, uncountable street performers, etc... But all of that disappears when you walk into this peace of heaven. There are masses almost every hour. You can't walk the whole Church, unless you are going to mass. Or you will have to wait till mass is over. In the center... More 

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Salt Lake City, UT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2016

Out of all the beautiful churches in the downtown area, this one was my least favorite. Yeah, it's big and pretty, but not as pretty as the other ones I saw as I walked from the Bellas Artes to Zocalo.

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Newnan, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 March 2016

The structure has two doors ( Okay - lots more I suspect, but two on the front) and each side leads to THAT side. There are more than a few altars on each side. There was a mass going on in the main section when we went in. It was roped off, so if you want to attend mass you... More 

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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Reviewed 28 February 2016

This Cathedral has dozens of altars and chapels and relics of saints. There is a quiet mood of respect, and in fact I spent half an hour just meditating. Actually, this church offers a quiet relief from crowds. It is awe inspiring and restful.

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Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

.....nicely kept. Nothing is fancy, but its nearly pristine condition truly brings you back in history and makes feel as if you are in a time machine. The Cathedral is always full of filigrees and tourists.

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Boulder, CO
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Reviewed 28 February 2016

A must for a visit - great on a Sunday, when the worshipers come. It is s much a tourist spot as a gathering place. Spend as much time as you can inside - it is well worth a visit

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Reviewed 28 February 2016

Historic, old, grand, huge, double landmark church in Central historico with twin towers. 2 churches inside both actively in used with lively street activities in the square in front. Must visit when in Mexico city.

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Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

This large Catholic Cathedral like so many could sure use a good washing, impressive architecturally though it is. There are certainly enough poor people in Mexico City who have put their few pesos here to do so.

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