Churches & Cathedrals

Just about any landscape in Mexico will include a church, often as its most striking feature. But Mexico City city-scapes will often include four or five - or even more.

Invaded at the height of the European Counter-Reformation, the evangelization of the Americas was always among the most controversial and deepest parts of the Spanish conquest. It's proven to be among the longest lasting. For good or ill, today's inhabitants of Mexico City live, not just in the shadow of a historical conquest, but amongst many of the most striking and original examples that culture's art, architecture, and building.

Nearly every church in the city is a treasure trove of art. Painting, sculpture, design, carving - even what are today called installations - make up a deep part of the psyche and the look and feel of Mexico City culture. And the buildings themselves, perhaps only most obviously, display techniques, styles, and forms that reflect every aspect of Spain's own complicated relationship with history, occupation, and even colonialism.

"Mexican Baroque" is today a catch all term for the Baroque that arrived here, divided, split and rejoined and formed new styles while celebrating their predecessors. Churrigueresque shares space on the same pages of historians who will insist that it's the "Ultra Baroque." Hardly a church exists in Mexico City that will be called a pure reflection of one style or another. Ecelectic is just the first in a long list of words to describe influences from the Moores to the French to the neo-Classicists and the anti-neo-Classicists.

San Pablo Oztotepec

More info

New Basilica of Guadalupe

More info

Villa Milpa Alta and the Church of the Assumption

More info

San Martín Plaza, Chapel and Kiosk in San Pedro Atocpan

More info

Santo Tomás Ajusco

More info

San Matias Church and Barrio La Asunción

More info

San Marcos Ixquitlán, Azcapotzalco

More info

San Andrés Mixquic, Tláhuac

More info

Desierto de los Leones Monastery

More info

Museo de el Carmen: Temple and Monastery

More info

San Salvador Nextengo, Azcapotzalco

More info

Chapel of the Assumption, Iztacalco

More info

Magdalena Atlitic Pueblo & Church

More info

San Jerónimo Aculco-Lidice Church and Town

More info

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City

More info

San Jeronimito Atlixco

More info

Templo del Carmen, La Lagunilla

More info

Concepción Tequipeuhcan, Tepito

More info

Santa Lucía Tomatlan

More info

San Pedro Zacatenco

More info

San Lucas Atenco, Azcapotzalco

More info

Iglesia y Plaza de la Soledad

More info

Contadero & the Immaculate Conception Church

More info

San Mateo Tlaltenango Church and Town

More info