8 Catholic Sites To Visit In Mexico City

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Northern England Writer

Mexico is a country with a huge Catholic population, practising or otherwise, and as a result there are innumerable Catholic sites that would be of interest to both atheists and believers alike. With stunning architecture, fascinating back stories and an absolute wealth of sites to choose from, you’ll never be short of Catholic locations to visit in Mexico City. Here are the top eight.

1. Basílica de Guadalupe

Cathedral, Library, Museum

Basilica de Guadalupe
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Easily Mexico’s most renowned Catholic destination, the Basílica de Guadalupe – known in English as Basilica of Our Lady Of Guadalupe – is situated in the north of Mexico City. It ranks as the most visited Catholic destination in Latin America and numbers indicate that it is also the world’s top Catholic pilgrimage site. Over 20 million visitors flock there annually to see the site upon which the Virgen de Guadalupe supposedly appeared to San Juan Diego. An unmissable Catholic hotspot.

2. Catedral Metropolitana

Cathedral, Museum

The facade of the Catedral Metropolitana has an intricate design in a mix of styles, with a central clock in gold
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Possibly Mexico City’s second most recognised Catholic landmark is the largest and oldest cathedral in the Americas; the Catedral Metropolitana. Built using the remains of Aztec pyramids, and situated right on top of one such ruin just off the zócalo, legend has it that this magnificent and dazzling cathedral boasts a series of underground catacombs which lead to the Templo Mayor. What isfor certain though is that it – like all of Mexico City – is rapidly sinking into the ground.

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