Photo Ariette Armella
The Catedral Metropolitana
Mexico City’s mammoth Cathedral was built over the course of three centuries (1573-1813)—starting soon after Cortés and his allies vanquished the Aztec Empire—using stones taken from destroyed indigenous temples. Today’s sanctuary serves up contrasts between unadorned neoclassical walls alongside exuberant gilt chapels and altarpieces as well as a massive, baroque pipe organ still dusted off and played from time to time. Be sure not to miss the high altar, and consider shelling out for a visit to the sacristy, with its glistening dome, grand canvases, and massive cabinets, fit to hold an archbishop’s entire stock of holy vestments. And for a queasy view of how much the ground beneath the city is sinking, note how chandeliers appear to list in comparison to the chapel’s vertical lines.
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