Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Mexico City

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
One of the largest churches in Latin America, this famous cathedral dominates the Zócalo.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Plan your visit
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Centro Histórico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
How to get there
  • Allende • 5 min walk
  • San Juan de Letrán • 6 min walk
Popular mentions

4.5
4,888 reviews
Excellent
3,101
Very good
1,441
Average
309
Poor
28
Terrible
9

Ron
Savannah, GA421 contributions
Impressive, but not tourist friendly
Sep 2021 • Couples
Impressive place of worship. Nothing in English unfortunately.
Not close in splendor to Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Notre Damme, St Peter, Rome churches or Lourdes basilica. Still, must place to visit in Centro Historico.
Written September 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

imrico
352 contributions
A must do if you're in the area and it's free!
Aug 2021
Let me preface this with the fact that I'm not Catholic or religious. So those with ties to that may appreciate this more. However, I do like the architecture and the surrounding newfound ruins.

The admission is absolutely free (Still open during CoVid restrictions recently, but masks must be worn and you will get your temperature taken.

For an extra fee as you exit every 30 minutes they do tours BENEATH the Cathedral to the crypt. It's kinda crazy how big it is underneath and how 'New' it looks. If you don't speak/understand Spanish though the tour will not be as interesting I don't believe. Still interesting though :)
Written August 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ClaudioY
Wilmington, NC58 contributions
Beautiful cathedral
Jul 2021
Metropolitan Cathedral is the oldest and largest cathedral in Latin America. Absolutely amazing architecture with so much history.
Written July 27, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Carrie1999
Boise, ID34 contributions
Lovely
Nov 2020
I really enjoyed seeing this iconic site. I was even more fascinated with the Bob's showing how the ground is sinking in the plaza.
Written July 6, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

cdandoy
Gilbert, AZ839 contributions
Nice
Jun 2021 • Solo
Wonderful sight! The outside was actually more impressive to me than the inside. The details and such are amazing. Free to enter and worth the time.
Written June 1, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Flitz8-A foodie travels
Athens, Greece2,724 contributions
Big cathedral
Apr 2021 • Solo
This big cathedral is near Zocalo and is big and parts lavish for cathedral as such churches usually are
Written May 2, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

dough0529
17 contributions
This place is transcendent whether you are religious or not.
Mar 2021
What a fantastic piece of architecture, incredibly ornate. The inside is calm, dim, cool and inspirational. With the very high vaulted ceilings and arches, I felt like if there is a god, it was in that place. And gold leaf everywhere, gorgeous statues and paintings; phenomenal woodwork and craftsmanship. I can't say enough about it. Every day of my frequent visits to Mexico City I stop in here to chill: a relief from the hot sun outdoors and from the hustle of the zocalo which the cathedral faces. If you are one who resents the wealth of the Catholic church, then skip it, because here it is in all of its glory to lift your spirits and inspire your soul.
Written March 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
A far view & a tall altar :)
Mar 2020
Among the many great cathedrals of "huge imposing" sizes visited in South & Central Americas is this one, but what's "most memorable" about this cathedral compared to the others (I would say pretty much a uniqueness of this cathedral) is its "far & wide" view which yes is only possible because of the "magnitude of space" in front of the Cathedral (which is that of the city's "main plaza" Zocalo): really the structure to see in "greater awe" as you move further away from it on the Plaza with the "best spots" for photo in my opinion being the one with the 'CDMX' sign all the way across the Plaza & the one on the Plaza's southwest corner with the diagonal view including not just the Cathedral but also Palacio Nacional along the Plaza's east side. And as for the interior of this "2-part" cathedral with one being the main part and the other smaller but still a sizeable part (kind of a rarity in structure too with only two other such cathedrals visited elsewhere namely the main cathedrals of Bogota in Colombia & Cusco in Peru), yes there are at this cathedral (just as at pretty much all other "main cathedrals" visited prior to this) big shrines along the lengths with nice elaborateness & ornate features of their own, but my opinion is that the greatness of this cathedral is just mostly around the two "shiny golden" altars (at the main part) of which the one which is the "main altar" really quite likely being the "tallest altar" ever seen (among all those in South & Central Americas!).

And so, around the "great spacious" Zocalo with this cathedral on the north side & Palacio Nacional on the east side (with colorful murals on its 2nd level which are depictions of "quite brilliant" Mayan scenes), also suggested nearby is Iglesia de Santo Domingo (which despite its modest outward appearance is one with a "fairly ornate" interior) at just about a 5-minute walk north which is just a "straight way" from the northwest corner of the Plaza. And as "for another day" in the vicinity of the Plaza (about a 10-minute walk west with also the option of going through a "pedestrian street" quite vibrant with street performers & such) are 3 more "awesome sites" of the city: the 44-storied Torre Latinoamericana, the "nicely ornate" Palacio de Bellas Artes & Palacio Postal with a "shiny interior".
Written February 12, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Edin Krnic
Tuzi, Montenegro3,066 contributions
Metropolitana
Jan 2021 • Solo
Very nice and beautiful cathedral with lot of art, but I don’t like because they built with stones from Aztec temples
Written January 8, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

UriusT
Vilnius, Lithuania709 contributions
suffering emanates from the stones
Jul 2020
This cult palace was built from the bricks of the Aztec temples which previously stood where this structure currently sits, sinking into the ground. Anyone with a historical education can feel the pain and suffering radiating from those stones. A entire people massacred and conquered, their culture destroyed and stolen. It's truly a painful place, and one of the most austere experiences in my life.
Written January 8, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,559
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Buy tickets in advance on Tripadvisor. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.

We recommend booking Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 28 Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) tours on Tripadvisor


Hotels near Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana): View all hotels near Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) on Tripadvisor

Restaurants near Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana): View all restaurants near Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) on Tripadvisor