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Churches of Mexico City

Destination(s): Mexico City

Mexico City has a vast amount of churches in a huge array of architectural styles: gothic, barroque, Italian, etc. All of them enjoy a huge amount of religious art that dates as far back as the XII Century. For anyone interested in Mexico's high devotion for religion, it's Guadalupe Virgin, or fabulous temple, this guide will take you through some of the highlights. read more about Churches of Mexico City

Catedral Metropolitana

Catedral Metropolitana

  • Donceles 95
  • The <i>z&oacute;calo,</i> on Cinco de Mayo, Centro Hist&oacute;rico
  • tel:+52 55 5512 9467 / +52 55 5512 7096
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06020

Construction of this grand cathedral began in the early 1570s and took two and a half centuries to complete. The resulting Catedral Metropolitana, or "La Catedral" as is known to locals, is a grandiose monument to Mexican devotion which uses a variety of architectonic styles (including neo-classicism, Spanish renaissance and a few obvious touches of Baroque). Inside the three vaulted basilica are intricate 16 Century wooden altars, gold gilded statuettes dating from the 16 Century, and 14 massive, astonishingly decorated chapels. Since the "Catedral" was constructed atop Aztec ruins, and due to the sheer weight of marble, stone and brick, the "Catedral" is sinking at a slow, but very noticeable rate. This is a definite must see. read more about Catedral Metropolitana

Ex-Convento del Carmen

Ex-Convento del Carmen

  • Avenida Revolución y Monasterio
  • Colonia San Angel
  • tel:+52 5 616 2816
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 01090
Basilica de Guadalupe

Basilica de Guadalupe

  • Calzada de los Misterios y Paseo Zumárraga
  • Gustavo A. Madero
  • tel:+52 5 577 6022
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 07050

The Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint, is said to have appeared here to Juan Diego, a humble peasant, in 1531. Since then, the religious fervor toward Guadalupe has never waned. The place has become a Mecca for Catholics from around the world, who wish to see the shrine where she appeared and the massive infrastructure that it has created. Pilgrims often arrive here crawling, as a sign of humility and/or to pay for some miracle that has been granted to them. The adjacent museum is an exquisite glimpse at all things catholic and the history of the church in this deeply religious country. The Basilica de Guadalupe is a great place to glimpse at the deep devotion of Mexico. read more about Basilica de Guadalupe

Colegio de San Ildefonso

Colegio de San Ildefonso

  • Justo Sierra 16
  • Centro Histórico
  • tel:+52 (55) 5 702 6378
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06020
Templo Mayor

Templo Mayor

In Aztec times this place was considered the center of the universe and it was at this temple that human sacrifices, a traditional ball game and many religious ceremonies took place. Dating from around 1375 the temple went through many reconstructions until in 1520 the Spaniards decided to destroy it and build on top of it. A reconstruction in the early 1980s revealed what was left of an impressive archeological site. Nowadays the Templo Mayor has a large and impressive museum focusing on the culture and traditions of Mexico City's early inhabitants. It houses sacrificial stones, statuettes and sacred artifacts. The museum itself is expansive and might take some time to visit in its entirety, but it is definitely worth the visit. read more about Templo Mayor

Museo de la Basílica de Guadalupe

Museo de la Basílica de Guadalupe

  • Plaza de las Américas 1
  • Tepeyac
  • tel:+52 5 77 6022
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 07050
Iglesia de Santo Domingo

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

  • Plaza de Santo Domingo
  • Centro Histórico
  • tel:+52 50 0123 (Información Turística)
  • Mexico City, 06040
Café Tacuba

Café Tacuba

  • Calle Tacuba 28
  • Centro Histórico
  • tel:5518 4950
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06060

When you are walking around the downtown area, this is a perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner. It serves traditional Mexican food and has outstanding mole, rivaling this State of Puebla specialty. Order it with chicken or enchiladas and I assure you you will not be disappointed, actually you can't go wrong with any of the items on the menu. The decor will charm you, old historic paintings and Talavera tiles give it an authentic Mexican flavor. You will find an eclectic combination of locals and tourists from all over the world in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Entrees are in the $8 to $12 range and they have a full bar. It's location is perfect, just a few blocks from Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zocalo, the main downtown square.
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Plaza de Santo Domingo

Plaza de Santo Domingo

  • República de Cuba y República de Brasil
  • Centro Historico
  • Mexico City, 06060
Guadalupana (La)

Guadalupana (La)

  • Higuera, 14
  • Villa Coyoacán
  • tel:52 55 5554 6253
  • Mexico City, 04000
El Cardenal

El Cardenal

  • Calle de Palma 23
  • Colonia Centro
  • tel:52 55 5521881517
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06010

Undoubtedly one of the city's most palatable and recommendable restaurants for traditional Mexican food. El Cardenal has three locations, but this Calle de Palma one is undoubtedly the best. El Cardenal makes is own breads, tortillas, cocoa and cheese, the service is impecable and the wandering Spanish musicians lend the place a jovial and delicious tone. El Cardenal is located in a three storey turn of century colonial building covered in talavera tiles and dotted with amazing religious and local artwork from a variety of periods. read more about El Cardenal

Hotel Catedral

Hotel Catedral

  • Donceles, 95
  • Colonia Centro
  • tel:+52 5 518 5232
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06020