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  Mexico City Cathedral
by Laura_Mexico

This is our Cathedral, in the heart of the town.... An interesting (and sad) info you might like to know about it is that it's sinking because of the irregular soil it is built on. Mexico City was settled where a lake used to be a few centuries ago, and therefore some of our buildings are sinking because the ground isn't firm.... sad, isn't it? :-( The Bellas Artes Palace has the same problem...

However, the Cathedral has been reinforced and refurbished and it looks really beautiful now, both in & outside... A very complicate and impressive underground work was done here to prevent the Cathedral from sinking yet more and it looks like they did a good job in repairing this great building which took 300 years to be built (and was finished about 2 centuries ago). The refurbishment works took about 10 years to be finished...

NEW!!! Now you can climb up the towers of the Cathedral and walk on the roof top... the view of the city isn't very good (but you may get lucky and see a bit of it on a clear day) but it's a cool experience. It costs $12 Mexican Pesos to go up (a bit more than a US Dollar) and they don't have fixed schedules to take people upstairs (a guide must take the whole group to make the tour), they rather wait to have a group of 6-8 people and then they let you go up.

Address: Downtown, next to the Zocalo!

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 29, 2008
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  • Orchid's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    Thanks Laura. Your pages brought back memories of a long ago trip to Mexico City. We had a great time and stayed in the Majestic right on the Zocalo. Best city square in the world!



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