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Metropolitan Cathedral
"Catedral Metropolitana"

Mexico City D.F. México
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The Metropolitan Cathedral Or "Catedral Metropolitana" of the Assumption of Mary.
Mexico City, México. South Side From The Zocalo or Main Square. November 22, 2011.

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Metropolitan Cathedral, of the Assumption of Mary:


The “Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary,” of Mexico City (Spanish: “Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María),” is simply, the largest and oldest cathedral in the Americas and the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico.

As was the common practice of the Spanish Conquistadores; and by orders, of the very evil, & immoral, Roman Catholic Pope, Alexander VI of Rome, (listed among the most evil people in the 15th century), (we could easily compare him to Adolph Hitler), and of King Ferdinand, and Queen Isabella of Spain. The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary of Mexico City, was built atop of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlán, to consolidate Spanish power over the newly-conquered domain.

The Catholic Church and Spain would normally build their churches upon the temples of the native people that they conquered, so as to further subject them to the authority of the Catholic Church and to Spain. Almost anyone who resisted was tortured and killed.

This practice began to slowly change in about 1550 AD.

Hernán Cortés and the other conquistadors used the stones from the destroyed temple of the Aztec god of war Huitzilopochtli, principal deity of the Aztecs, to build the church.

The “Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary,” is on the northern side of the present day Plaza de la Constitución in downtown Mexico City. Located beside the Zocalo or Main Square.

The cathedral which we see today, was built in sections from 1573 to 1813 around the original church that was constructed soon after the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán, eventually replacing that church entirely. The Spanish architect Claudio de Arciniega planned the construction, drawing his inspiration from the Gothic cathedrals in Spain.

The first original church was demolished in 1573 and the Spaniards built their new cathedral with stones from the many local Aztec buildings that the Spanish had destroyed. The cathederal was built to look like those in Spain. It was consecrated in the year 1667, but the final elements -bell towers and central dome- designed by Manuel Tolsá were not finished until 1813.

The cathedral has four facades which contain portals flanked with columns and statues. The two bell towers contain a total of 25 bells.

The tabernacle, adjacent to the cathedral, contains the baptistery and serves as a place to register the parishioners.

There are two large, ornate altars, a sacristy, and a choir in the cathedral.

Fourteen of the cathedral's sixteen chapels are open to the public. Each chapel is dedicated to a different saint or saints, and each was sponsored by a religious guild. The chapels contain ornate altars, altarpieces, retablos, paintings, furniture and sculptures.

The cathedral is home to two of the largest 18th century organs in all of the Americas.

There is a crypt underneath the cathedral that holds the remains of many of the former archbishops.

The cathedral faces south and is approximately 179 feet wide and 360 feet long.

It consists of two bell towers, a central dome, three main portals, five naves, 51 vaults, 74 arches and 40 columns. Inside the cathedral are five large altars, sixteen chapels, a choir area, a corridor, a capitulary room, and a sacristy. The cathedral has about 150 windows.

The soft clay subsoil beneath Mexico City and the removal of water from the soil over the past years (due to increased water demand from the increasing population) has caused the irregular sinking of many of the buildings in Mexico City including the cathedral. Restoration work mostly done underground, has prevented the collapse of this largest Catholic church in Latin America! On April 11, 1989, heavy rainfall revealed severe cracks in the cathedral building. This caused a great deal of concern about its conservation of the cathederal and led to the work that is still being performed.

One place to enjoy a nice meal and to enjoy a wonderful view of the Metropolitan Cathedral, and Zocalo; is the restaurant on the top floor of the Holiday Inn, located on the Zocalo.

We have visited the Metropolitan Cathedral on numerous occasions ever since 1969. We have never seen all there is to see of the Cathedral, and over the years it has constantly being renovated. The photos we have on this page are some of the best we have. No attempt here is being made to show you everything. Please, Enjoy!

The Mexico City International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México or AICM), also called Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA: MEX, ICAO: MMMX) is the major commercial airport that serves Mexico City, the capital of Mexico. It is also Mexico's and Latin America's busiest airport!


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The Metropolitan Cathedral Or "Catedral Metropolitana" of the Assumption of Mary.
Mexico City D.F. México. West Side. November 22, 2011.
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Tabernacle's Main Altar. The Metropolitan Cathedral Or "Catedral Metropolitana" Mexico City D.F. México.
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The Metropolitan Cathedral Or "Catedral Metropolitana" Mexico City D.F. México. January 18, 2005.

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Altar Of Forgiveness.
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Chapel Of Our Lady Of The Agonies Of Granada.
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Altar Of Kings.
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The Organ Case From Outside The Choir Area.
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Señor del buen despacho.
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Señor del buen despacho.
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Capilla Concepción. Metropolitan Cathedral  Or Catedral Metropolitana Mexico City D.F. México. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Neustra Senora la Antigua. Metropolitan Cathedral  Or Catedral Metropolitana Mexico City D.F. México. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Capilla Concepción.
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At Main Altar Looking Toward Choir Area. Metropolitan Cathedral  Or Catedral Metropolitana Mexico City D.F. México. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Neustra Senora la Antigua. Metropolitan Cathedral  Or Catedral Metropolitana Mexico City D.F. México. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
At Main Altar Looking Toward Choir Area.
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Neustra Senora la Antigua.
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Tabernacle Entrance Facade. Metropolitan Cathedral  Or Catedral Metropolitana Mexico City D.F. México. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.West Bell Tower. Metropolitan Cathedral  Or Catedral Metropolitana Mexico City D.F. México. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Tabernacle Entrance Facade.
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West Bell Tower, Upper Part.
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Higher Tower Over Main Altar.
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Altar Of Kings. Metropolitan Cathedral  Or Catedral Metropolitana Mexico City D.F. México. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Tabernacle Main Altar. Metropolitan Cathedral  Or Catedral Metropolitana Mexico City D.F. México. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Altar Of Kings.
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Tabernacle Main Altar.
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Chapel Of San Felipe Of Jesus. Or Capilla de San Felipe de Jesús.  Metropolitan Cathedral  Or Catedral Metropolitana Mexico City D.F. México. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.The West Sacrarium. Metropolitan Cathedral  Or Catedral Metropolitana Mexico City D.F. México. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Chapel Of San Felipe Of Jesus.
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The West Sacrarium.
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East Side. Metropolitan Cathedral
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Seen From Tenochtitlán.
East Side. Metropolitan Cathedral
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Seen From Templo Mayor.

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