Have you been in Mexico City? As capital city of the viceroyalty of the New Spain, having an impressive Cathedral was mandatory for the government. Some of the viceroys were also bishops and heads of Archdiocese of Mexico.
The Cathedral was built along two centuries, and the works begun in 1573 in times when the canals of the lake were close to downtown. The building has been a silent witness of the Mexican History, including when the Independence was over, the 100 years of the Independence and since then, every September, 15.
Within the Cathedral, you might find impressive altars and chapels and the two organs which are the largest ones of the 18th Century in the Americas.
Below the Cathedral there are remains of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec Capital City and you can see a little of them from skylights in the yard surrounding it. As a interesting anecdote, the Sun Stone or Azteca Calendar remained resting in one side of the cathedral for over 70 years.
There are many palaces and museums in downtown Mexico City, but save some time to visit the Cathedral, just to watch the details and since it’s right beside the Templo Mayor archaeological site, it’s a great option for a free afternoon in the city.
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