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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of the largest churches in Latin America, this famous cathedral dominates the Zócalo.
Reviewed January 8, 2013

We took the 6pm bell tower tour (last of the day) and got to see the sun set over the plaza from the best view in town! The steps are perilous, but of course ladies made the climb in heels, even elderly ones. You can climb everywhere and pose on the very ledge. Curse litigious societies that have made this impossible elsewhere!

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

This is the most fabulous cathedral in Mexico, located smack-dab on the site of Moctezuma's Throne Room in ancient Tenochtitlan. The tons of gold and jewels bedecking the walls are just unforgettable. This place is so ANCIENT and SPECTACULAR. Don't miss it. Also, check out the old Mexican guys selling prints of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, the Beatles, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata at the front gate to the cathedral. The photos are CLASSICS, and they are only 10 PESOS APIECE (about 80 cents). What a deal!

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

This is a beautiful and interesting building. Wonder around and admire the devotion and commitment in Mexico. Wonder at how the building stays together as bits of it sink into the ground!

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

exterior looks a bit of a mess different periods, materials.
bigger is not always better not as grand as some churches
Interesting to see the altars on top of Mayan stone work

Thank Iain M
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

If you only have one day to spend in Mexico City, be sure to include a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral. Absolutely stunning, breath-taking architecture inside and out. Located in a safe area near other beautiful things: all the buildings in the Zocalo square, the Templo Mayor, and 10 minutes walk from the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
One thing to watch out for--a few of the times that I've come here I've ran into what I will call "tourist-hijackers." Now, they're harmless, so don't worry there, but it's become a bit of a nuisance for me. Sometimes a person will approach you, tell you a little bit about the building you are looking at, and then offer to give you a free tour. If you agree, you will have a hard time getting away, which is really annoying if you are on a time-schedule and some person won't leave you alone. My advice is to try politely declining the tour, and if they persist, then insist (a little less politely) that you don't want the tour and walk away. You're not going to hurt anybody's feelings. Enjoy your vacation, and don't let "tourist-hijackers" take away from your precious vacation time. (If you really want a tour explaining the history, there are many free group-tours offered. These are better, because you can break away according to your own time schedule.)

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