Key Religious Sites in Mexico City
Collected by Julie Schwietert Collazo, AFAR Local Expert
Centuries of rich and complex religious history reveal themselves in churches, streetside statues, and shrines across Mexico City. Though predominantly Catholic, with big, beautiful, well-known basilicas and cathedrals, the Mexican capital also houses followers of Judaism, Islam, and shamanism—and the sites where they worship.
Plaza de las Américas 1, Villa de Guadalupe, Villa Gustavo A. Madero, 07050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Each December 12, thousands of pilgrims from all corners of the country converge upon the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City to honor the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Some arrive by car, others by bus, and a good many have...
Alfarería 12, Morelos, 15270 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Tepito is–and has long been–considered one of Mexico City's roughest, toughest neighborhoods. It is here where the American anthropologist Oscar Lewis forged relationships and gathered material for what is probably his best-known work, The...
Tacuba, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
It may come as a surprise, but the history of Mexico City's Jewish communities stretches back almost 500 years. Approximately 40,000 Jews live in the capital today, comprising as much as 90% of the country's total Jewish population. Both Sephardic...
Calle Euclides 25, Anzures, 11590 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Estimates confirming the number of Muslims living in Mexico vary widely, but a large number of them–expats and recent converts alike– reside in Mexico City. As recently as 20 years ago, they had no formal house of worship (in the mid-90s, Muslims...
Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City’s mammoth cathedral was built across three centuries (1573–1813)—starting soon after Cortés and his allies vanquished the Aztec Empire—using stones taken from a destroyed indigenous temple. Today’s...
Historic center of Mexico City, Centro, 06000 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Its massive size, centrality to daily life in the capital, and easy accessibility (a Metro station opens up right onto the plaza) makes the Zócalo an ideal place for large-scale temporary exhibits. The government hosts occasional exhibits...
55800 San Juan Teotihuacán, State of Mexico, Mexico
While it's not in Mexico City proper, the sacred pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan is close enough–about 30 miles– for an easy day trip if you're interested in architecture, archaeology, and indigenous history. The site's primary...
Joaquín Gallo 101, Santa Fe, ALVARO OBREGON, 01219 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
One of Mexico City's newest churches, San Josemaría Escrivá, was built between 2005 and 2008 in the Santa Fe neighborhood. Like the businesses and hotel complexes surrounding it, the church is ultra-contemporary. Formed by two massive walls and...
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