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The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de la Santísima Virgen María a los cielos) is the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico. It is situated atop the former Aztec sacred precinct near the Templo Mayor on the northern side of the Plaza de la Constitución (Zócalo) in Downtown Mexico City. The cathedral was built in sections from 1573 to 1813 around the original church that was constructed soon after the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlan, eventually replacing it entirely. Spanish architect Claudio de Arciniega planned the construction, drawing inspiration from Gothic cathedrals in Spain.
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The cathedral has four façades which contain portals flanked with columns and statues. The two bell towers contain a total of 25 bells. The tabernacle, adjacent to the cathedral, contains the baptistery and serves to register the parishioners. There are two large, ornate altars, a sacristy, and a choir in the cathedral. Fourteen of the cathedral's sixteen chapelsare open to the public. Each chapel is dedicated to a different saint or saints, and each was sponsored by a religious guild. The chapels contain ornate altars, altarpieces, retablos, paintings, furniture and sculptures. The cathedral is home to two of the largest 18th-century organs in the Americas. There is a crypt underneath the cathedral that holds the remains of many former archbishops. Over the centuries, the cathedral has suffered damage. A fire in 1967 destroyed a significant part of the cathedral's interior. The restoration work that followed uncovered a number of important documents and artwork that had previously been hidden. Although a solid foundation was built for the cathedral,the soft clay soil it is built on has been a threat to its structural integrity. Dropping water tablesand accelerated sinking caused the structure to be added to the World Monuments Fundlist of the 100 Most Endangered Sites. Reconstruction work beginning in the 1990s stabilized the cathedral and it was removed from the endangered list in 2000.
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Huge cathedral. The inside looks like most prominent cathedrals from around the world. From the outside, it looks a bit eclectic from the outside, but apparently it's still under construction since 16th century.
Beautiful place! Don't miss it. The glory of the Mexican history in one place. It is good, if you're a believer, if don't you must go to wacht its own beauty.
Beautiful Spanish architecture! This church is a wonderful example of Spanish art and culture! The whole area is lit up during the evenings and looks great! Entry is free. The choir singing is a lovely sight. Photography is allowed inside. Carry enough water and put on your walking shoes as this whole area has wonderful monuments to explore! You can visit all the monuments in one day!
A beautiful cathedral on the outside, however the inside tourists can only visit a portion of the cathedral, as there are regular local ceremonies taking places. Entrance was free when I visited in April 2018. Expect to stay here for a maximum of 30-45 minutes to go around the cathedral and take pictures
Situated right in the Historic Center of Mexico City, this beauty of architecture is a must visit. The interiors with gilded works and high vault ceilings are breathtaking. It is usually crowded on weekends with a heavy influx of tourists.
Attend mass at noon here on Sunday if you are in town. The choir is angelic! Know that the middle pews fill up very quickly, so arrive at least 15 minutes early if you want a seat in the middle section. The mass is just over 1 hour long.
Highly recommend! It is free to enter and look around. Do not take pictures of people during the real mass. There are multiple parts to the cathedral, so be sure to take your time and explore the whole property. It is a must see in Mexico City! You don’t even need to check your bag, just walk right in.
What an awesome place to spend an afternoon! My husband and I were at first unsure if we wanted to visit Mexico City, but we are so glad we did. This cathedral has some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping architecture you'll come across...anywhere. The art-work is spectacular. It's simply amazing the level of detail it's took to maintain this gem of a cathedral over the years. So glad we came!
Very interesting cathedral, you can get a guide tour at this historical place. They said they have the biggest bells in the american continent, I didn't confirm this fact but they are really big. The people is very nice and open. Very enjoyable experience.
This church is beautiful. It was built over ruins and over the years it has sunk. The church cealings and walks are made with pure gold. There in pendulum towards the back where they keep track of the amount it's dropped over the years(no access to it during services).There is no flash photography allowed at any point and especially while there is mass.
Amazing singing by the choir during mass. This cathedral is grand and has many exquisite altars, many made of gold. Its beautiful and also serene, one can spend an hour or more inside in prayer and meditation. It's the main cathedral of Mexico city, located right at the centre square of the city. It's also the oldest church in Mexico city.
Beautiful place! Both the inside and the outside of the cathedral have beautiful sculptures and architectural elements, mainly in a Baroque style. There's also a lot of history here, since it is built by the Spaniards in the centre of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. It is a very grand and imposing structure and is very important from a religious point of view, as it houses the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico (the highest religious rank in the country, second only to the pope). It's a must visit, as it both awes and reminds you of the atrocities the Spaniards committed in terms of forcible conversions and slavery of the indigenous peoples of Mexico.
Impressive church located right in the center of the old city and right next door to the Presidential Palace. (Just in case there was ever any question about the role of the Catholic church in Mexico.) And, as shown in the image, check out the wall just above the center entrance to get a true sense of who really rules Mexico. Great acoustics when the choirs or organ are active. Lots of little chapels for those who want the privacy for prayer. A welcome relaxation from the chaos of the city outside.