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  • Address: Plaza de la Constitución s/n, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Hours: Open daily 7am - 7pm
  • Admission: Free

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Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

At the historic heart of one of the world's most populous cities, is the first and largest cathedral in the Americas, seat of the Archdiocese of Mexico, and a wonder to behold. The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral - or Catedral Metropolitana - is a symphony in stone, composed over 4 centuries into manifold facades, displaying textbook Neoclassical, Renaissance, and wedding-cake ornate Mexican Baroque (Churrigueresque) styles.

Within its fantastic bulk are sheltered some 16 chapels, several alters and retablos, a fine parish church, and a choir, each an inspired work of art replete with gold gilt, fine paintings, and sculptural details. Above it all, 25 bells - measured in tons - ring and sing to the city all around.

The cathedral sits atop a far more ancient foundation, originally built for a temple to Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec God of war. His pyramid was destroyed by the Spanish, who built their cathedral in its stead. As the thirsty city emptied its underground aquifer, however, this massive monument began to sink into the subsoil. It was stabilized in the 1990s, but still lists to one side.

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The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral overlooks the Zócalo, more properly called Plaza de la Constitución, which has marked the city center since it was founded in 1325. Though the Spanish razed the neighborhood's original Aztec temples and federal buildings, they used the same stones to rebuild the capital city in Europe's image. Half a millennium later, this is still the center of all the action.

All roads lead to the Zócalo, but you're much better off without a car - traffic is terrible. Instead, take Metro Line 2 to the Zócalo stop, right in front of the cathedral.

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Private Tour of Mexico City, Teotihuacan Pyramids and Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral, Mexico City, null
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Private Tour of Mexico City, Teotihuacan Pyramids and Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral

During this private tour, you will see Mexico City's city center and its main sights. Afterwards, you will pay a visit to Teotihuacan and see the famous ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.00
Mexico City Half-Day Tour with Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Mexico City Half-Day Tour with Museum of Anthropology

Visit and know the wonderful historical downtown of Mexico City with its most important sites such as National Palace, Zocalo, Aztec Major Temple and much ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.00
Mexico City Downtown Tour, Mexico City, Half-day Tours
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Mexico City Downtown Tour

When traveling to Mexico City, there is one thing you should not miss: The Downtown. It´s the center of our country, Mexicans call that area “Primer Cuadro” ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: Flexible

From USD $92.30
Mexico City in One Day: Teotihuacan Pyramids Early Access and Historical City Sightseeing Tour, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Mexico City in One Day: Teotihuacan Pyramids Early Access and Historical City Sightseeing Tour

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Avoid the crowds at Teotihuacan and explore Mexico’s City’s historic center during this sightseeing tour that starts in the early morning and makes ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.99
City Tour in Mexico City, Mexico City, Archaeology Tours
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City Tour in Mexico City

Mexico City is indeed a modern important cultural city declare by UNESCO World Heritage City, former Aztec City of Mexico Tenochtitlan. You will visit the main ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.00
Mexico City Sightseeing and Teotihuacan Tour, Mexico City, City Tours
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Mexico City Sightseeing and Teotihuacan Tour

Mexico City is indeed a modern important cultural city declare by UNESCO World Heritage City, Former Aztec City of Mexico Tenochtitlan. Visit the Zocalo (main ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.00
Mexico City Bike and Cultural Tour Including Government Palace, Mexico City, City Tours
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Mexico City Bike and Cultural Tour Including Government Palace

Enjoy a bike tour in Mexico City as you visit historical and cultural landmarks and learn more about the history of this city. Your tour also includes a visit ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Interactive Walking Tour of Historic Mexico City, Mexico City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Interactive Walking Tour of Historic Mexico City

Enjoy this interactive walking tour that will show you the city as a playground. You will visit important landmarks while scouting the Aztec worldview through ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Mexico City Super Saver: Teotihuacán Pyramids Early-Morning Access plus City Tour, Mexico ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Mexico City Super Saver: Teotihuacán Pyramids Early-Morning Access plus City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

See the old and the new in Mexico City in one day, and take another day to wander the UNESCO World Heritage site of Teotihuacán, the City of the Gods. ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 2 days

From USD $74.99
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Mexico City Sightseeing Tour, Mexico City, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Mexico City Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 524 Reviews

Immerse yourself in Mexico City on a city tour offering something for everyone. Whether you're passionate about history and art, or just yearning for ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.99

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