Postcard Perfect — By christinegarvin on November 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

In Mexico City stands the Metropolitan Cathedral, which is the largest and oldest cathedral in the Americas. The Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico also is located in this sprawling and magnificent cathedral.

Columns and statues cover much of the facade of the church, while 25 bells sit within the two bell towers. Inside, you’ll find two of the largest 18th century organs, and 16 chapels, 14 of which are open to the public.

It is reported that the Aztecs built this cathedral on this sacred site in order for the Spanish to lay claim to the land and the people. In the 20th century, the church has often been the location of social and political protests.

The magnificence of the cathedral is rarely found anywhere else in the Americas.

 

 

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