Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City – The Oldest and Largest Cathedral in Latin America

The Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City is the oldest and largest cathedral in Latin America. Located right at the heart of the city, the cathedral is an imposing structure that demands your attention.

Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City - The Oldest and Largest Cathedral in Latin America
Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City – The Oldest and Largest Cathedral in Latin America

For visitors, it’s just another tourist attraction, but for the locals, it is a symbol and soul of their faith.

Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City - The Oldest and Largest Cathedral in Latin America
Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City – The Oldest and Largest Cathedral in Latin America

This cathedral is also the seat of the Archdiocese of Mexico.

Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City - The Oldest and Largest Cathedral in Latin America
Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City – The Oldest and Largest Cathedral in Latin America

Its complete name is Catedral Metropolitana de la Asuncion de la Santisima Virgen Maria a los cielos. That’s a mouthful, right?

Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City - The Oldest and Largest Cathedral in Latin America
Things to do in Mexico City.

In English, it is translated as Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. Even in English, that is still a mouthful to say. For brevity, it’s simply Metropolitan Cathedral.

Things to do in Mexico City
Tourist attractions in Mexico City.

The Cathedral stands on a former sacred site of the Aztec. On the right side of the cathedral, you’ll see the descendants of the Aztecs still performing rituals – in exchange for donations, of course.

Tourist attractions in Mexico City
Tourist attractions in Mexico City

It took almost three centuries to build this wonderful piece of architecture by a Spanish architect who patterned this similar to the Gothic churches in Spain.

Tourist attractions in Mexico City
Things to do in Mexico City

Throughout its construction history, its architectural styles have also changed. There are Gothic, neo-classical, and Baroque styles.

Tourist attractions in Mexico City
Tourist attractions in Mexico City

Today, it is the centre of attention (or attraction) that no tourists could skip.

Catedral Metropolitana de la Asuncion de la Santisima Virgen Maria a los cielos
Catedral Metropolitana de la Asuncion de la Santisima Virgen Maria a los cielos

As you can see, the interior is as grand as its exterior.

Catedral Metropolitana de la Asuncion de la Santisima Virgen Maria a los cielos
Catedral Metropolitana de la Asuncion de la Santisima Virgen Maria a los cielos

The high Gothic ceilings, the elaborate altars, paintings, and 16 venerated chapels are impressive.

Catedral Metropolitana de la Asuncion de la Santisima Virgen Maria a los cielos
Catedral Metropolitana de la Asuncion de la Santisima Virgen Maria a los cielos

Everything inside is worth staring at – from its gold altar to its statues and crypts.

Catedral Metropolitana de la Asuncion de la Santisima Virgen Maria a los cielos
Catedral Metropolitana de la Asuncion de la Santisima Virgen Maria a los cielos

What really impressed me most is the 82-feet Altar of the Kings. Goodness! It’s breathtakingly magnificent!

Things to do in Mexico City
Things to do in Mexico City

I couldn’t get my eyes off of it for minutes. I had to zoom in and out my camera to see the tiniest details of such imposing work of art!

Tourist attractions in Mexico City
Things to do in Mexico City

Visitors are welcome from 8 AM to 8 PM. You can take a photo without a flash. And please be quiet as there are devoted locals/pilgrims who are praying.

Catedral Metropolitana de la Asuncion de la Santisima Virgen Maria a los cielos
Catedral Metropolitana de la Asuncion de la Santisima Virgen Maria a los cielos

Where to Stay in Mexico City

My friend and I stayed at NH Collection Mexico City Reforma in Zona Rosa. We love this area because it is close to bars, restaurants, groceries, shops, public transport, and some interesting places to see. Police officers are ubiquitous in this are, too. The hotel itself is nice and we were given a room with a good view. We can see the Angel of Independence Statue from our room. It takes about 40 minutes on foot to the historic downtown. The staff can also arrange a tour for you if that’s your kind of thing, including going to the Teotihuacan Pyramids. You can book hotels and hostels via BookingExpediaTripAdvisor, and HostelWorld.

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