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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

Avenida 16 de Septiembre | Colonia Centro, Mexico City 06010, Mexico
52 5 5129467
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As featured in 3 days in Mexico City
Ranked #21 of 287 attractions in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: The Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City is without a doubt one of the the grandest sights in all of the world. It is amazing.  You do not have to... more »
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Tucson, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Beautiful architecture and history. We even had someone who was a scholar and had written a book on the Cathedral give us free explanations of many of the sculptures and rooms in the cathedral. Incredible!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It is always so calming to get out of the bustle of the streets and just breath in and relax with the beauty of the history of this (and other) beautiful cathedral.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The church was beautiful and I loved looking at all the items in the church. I was there to purchase some crosses for my grandmother who had passed away and I wanted to get her some of the crosses and to have them blessed. She had always wantes to visit mexico city and was never able to. I was satisfied... More

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106 reviews 106 reviews
40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Of you dont mind Crowds and traffic, the metropolitan cathedral and the next by temple mayor excavations are a must see while in Mexico City .

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San Jose, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Metropolitan Cathedral was the view from my balcony. I absolutely loved the carillons, the sounds of the bells were heavenly and they sounded day and night. The inside of the cathedral is very large with many of side altars. Outside there is lots of activity, native dances, indigenous people selling handmade goods, music, cleansings, food, and beverages. During December... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The Metropolitan Cathedral is by all means an iconic building in Mexico City, which took several years to complete. This is probably one of the reasons its style isn't very well defined from the architectural point of view. It's massive, but lacks the grace of most cathedrals in the main capital cities. It's strange that, although you'll usually find nice... More

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Texas, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Talk about history! This place is gorgeous and such an ancient feeling it has when you approach the old cathedral. If you want to enter the church don't wear shorts! They'll have a sign saying so just inside the cathedral! We got to watch them hold service here and there is a nice little gift shop to the left of... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

It is gorgeous, very European feel to it. It's huge, beautiful, and full of some amazing art. They don't allow any flash photography, just like at any museum. Not really sure why though. Definitely worth the stop. there are also tons of over things to do/see when you go to the Zócalo.

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Vitoria, ES
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

It is not an inspiring cathedral and the beggars outside are a bit offputting (but they are never aggressive). Worth a visit if you are passing by.

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Brooklyn, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

While the cathedral is an important historical site and is impressive and deserves a walk-through (be sure to wear appropriate clothes!), the 20 pesos guided tour (only in Spanish! - I don't speak a lick and manage to understand) to the clock tower is a truly unique experience. First, folks must climb a narrow stone staircase up to a small... More

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