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“Convenient for tourists” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
Avenida 16 de Septiembre y Av. Hidalgo bre | Zona Centro, Guadalajara, Mexico
+52 33 36162491
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Owner description: This ornate church, built over a 60 year period during the 16th and 17th centuries, has 11 altars donated by Spain's Fernando VII.
Guadalajara, Mexico
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“Convenient for tourists”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

This place is OK as far as Cathedrals go. What I enjoyed was sitting at the restaurant with the umbrellas and watching people come and go into the Cathedral. Since it is on a road that is high traffic, it is easy to find transportation when you wish to leave, including the subway.

Visited September 2012
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San Carlos, California
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“Sort of a let down for such a large city in Mexico”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

You should visit this cathedral by all means, but I was not that impressed with its "grandeur". I've seen more magnificent churches and cathedrals in Mexico. But you should include this in your visit to GDL.

Visited March 2012
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“magnificent symbol of guadalajara”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

The twin spires are indeed the symbol of this huge sprawling city. The cathedral complex takes up an entire city block and houses an additional chapel. It is clearly a destination for local pilgrims and is a magnificent home for devout Mexican Catholicism. Sit through a mass if you are able and sense both the holiness of the place, as well as the spiritual devotion of the congregation - this recommendation from a passionate skeptic of organized religion. The late afternoon light (October) on the front of the cathedral complex with its spires and domes offers opportunities for spectacular photography.

Visited October 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“It's Big and Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

Every city/town/pueblo in Mexico has a church. Guadalajara has many, but this Cathedral is their main one. Free to go in, but make sure you check out the secret room under the altar!

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“A great Cathedral”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

You got to see it to believe it......a picture says a 1000 words but not in this case, you have to go inside and see for yourself. Also standing in front of this great architectual wonder is a must - pictures can just not capture this great work of art in the beautiful town of Guadalajara....

Visited July 2012
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