My tour of Mexico City started at the Centro Historio, the historical center district, where many of Mexico’s historical tourist attractions are concentrated. Arriving at my B&B quite late, I set off for a walking tour of the area, first heading towards Zocalo to see the Constitution Plaza and the Metropolitan Cathedral – icons of Mexico City. The area has served as an important meeting area since the Aztecs, and there are some very interesting ruins still to be seen in the area, but till this very day it serves as place for political protests – most times against the nearby government offices and palace. On both occasions I visited the square, there were enthusiastic demonstrations with heavy police force guarding all around. The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven overlooking the square is the largest cathedral in the Americas and is situated next to the Aztec ruins of Templo Mayor. Dating back to 17th century, it is definitely a sight to behold, and a terrific place to do some people watching to get a sense of the local faith. The strong dominance of Christianity in these parts of the world (as in Asia) has always puzzled me, but there’s little doubt that a very large proportion of Mexicans are very devoted to their faith, and they frequent cathedrals and churches with great passion.

 

So we’ll start off with the cathedral from the square, both day and night visits…

 

 Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Zocalo Plaza de la Constitucion (11)

 Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Zocalo Plaza de la Constitucion (8)

 Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Zocalo Plaza de la Constitucion (1)

 

Take a quick look at the grand square…

 

 Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Zocalo Plaza de la Constitucion (10)

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Zocalo Plaza de la Constitucion (9)

 Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Zocalo Plaza de la Constitucion (2)

 

And walk in to have a look…

 

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Zocalo Plaza de la Constitucion (4)

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Zocalo Plaza de la Constitucion (5)

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Zocalo Plaza de la Constitucion (6)

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral Zocalo Plaza de la Constitucion (7)

 

It looks more humble in the photos than it is. It is quite an impressive place.

 

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If, like me, you’re based in the historical center, then this would definitely be on your walking tour.



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