Catedral Metropolitana, Mexico City
Why not start with the cathedral that dominates Mexico City’s zocalo? The Catedral Metropolitana is an imposing, magisterial building that is Latin America’s largest cathedral and arguably one of the most architecturally interesting. Notable for its amalgamation of three distinct styles (Baroque, Neo-Classic, Neo-Renaissance), much of the building material was originally taken from the Templo Mayor ruins and Conquistador Hernán Cortés was said to have laid the first stone. Stepping inside, it has a spectacular golden altar known as Altar de los Reyes, constructed in the Churrigueresque style.
Catedral Basílica de Zacatecas, Zacatecas
Zacatecas is a lesser-visited location and yet it houses one of the country’s most magnificent cathedrals, built in the pink quarry stone for which the city itself is well known. Widely considered to be one of the best-preserved examples of the Baroque style, the Catedral Basílica de Zacatecas, on which construction was begun in 1729, also features some notable Neoclassic and Churrigueresque influence. However, the main draws of thi