Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
The Metropolitan Cathedral’s first stones were famously taken from the rubble of the Aztec temple that once stood in its place. The largest cathedral in the Americas, it features a rare mix of Renaissance, neoclassical, and Mexican baroque styles. The city’s soft lake bed foundation has caused the cathedral to slowly sink over the years and tilt gently to one side; efforts are ongoing to help even out the foundation so the church will sink uniformly.
Things to Know
The Metropolitan Cathedral is a must-see for history and architecture buffs, and all first-time visitors to Mexico City.
Entry to the main cathedral is free, but there is a small fee to access the bell tower, choir, or sacristy.
Visitors are asked to dress respectfully, as this is an active religious site.
Exploration of the cathedral may be limited during Mass and other religious events.
How to Get There
The cathedral is in Mexico City’s Zócalo, in the heart of the city center. To avoid traffic, take Line 2 of the city’s efficient, highly accessible metro system to the Zócalo stop, just steps from the cathedral.
When to Get There
Visitors are welcome to explore the Metropolitan Cathedral from 8am to 8pm daily, except during Mass and other religious events (check the website for schedules); hours for the bell tower may be more limited. The building is especially striking at dusk, when its stone facade seems to glow in the evening light.
Temples Old and New
For more history and an incredible vista, follow your cathedral visit with a drink at El Mayor, a café a few blocks away. The café’s rooftop terrace overlooks the fascinating ruins of the Aztec Templo Mayor. You’ll also enjoy a view of the cathedral and many of Mexico City’s most historic buildings.
- Things to do in Central Mexico
- Things to do in Taxco
- Things to do in Acapulco
- Things to do in Puerto Escondido
- Things to do in Puerto Vallarta
- Things to do in Monterrey
- Things to do in South Padre Island
- Things to do in San Pedro La Laguna
- Things to do in Panajachel
- Things to do in Guerrero
- Things to do in Oaxaca
- Things to do in Jalisco
- Things to do in Western Highlands
- Plaza de la Constitución (Zocalo)
- National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
- Museo del Templo Mayor (Templo Mayor Museum)
- Diego Rivera Mural Museum (Museo Mural Diego Rivera)
- La Profesa (Temple of San Felipe Neri)
- National Museum of Art (Museo Nacional de Arte)
- Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)
- Museum of Tequila and Mezcal (Museo del Tequila y el Mezcal)
- La Lagunilla Market (Mercado Lagunilla)
- Franz Mayer Museum (Museo Franz Mayer)
- Memory and Tolerance Museum (Museo Memoria y Tolerancia)
- La Merced Market
- San Juan Market (Mercado de San Juan)
- Mexico City Popular Art Museum (Museo de Arte Popular)
- Sonora Market (Mercado de Sonora)