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 in not just the shadow of a historical conquest but in many of the most striking and original aspects of 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 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.

Santo Domingo Temple and Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, Tacubaya

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San Juan Bautista Tlacateco, Tacubaya

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Templo Santísimo Redentor, Cuauhtémoc

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San Antonio Panzacola Chapel

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Santa Catarina Church & Plaza, La Lagunilla

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San Salvador Nextengo, Azcapotzalco

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Mexico City LDS Temple and Museum

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Santa Rosa Xochiac, Álvaro Obregón

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San Francisco Temple & Monastery, Centro Histórico

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Templo de San Felipe de Jesús

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Santa María la Redonda, Santa María Cuepopan

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Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, Guerrero

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Capilla De El Calvario, Tlalpan

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Church of Santa Veracruz

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San Pedro Apóstol Church, Tetzizimpan, San Fernando, Tlalpan

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Amaxalco Oratory

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Santo Tomás Ajusco

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Santa Isabel Tola, Town, Church & Cemetery

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Purísima Corazón de María, Del Valle

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San Jerónimo Aculco-Lidice Church and Town

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La Conchita and Casa de Bellas Artes, La Magdalena Contreras

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“La Sabatina,” Nuestra Señora del Carmen, San Miguel Chapultepec

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Sanctuary of San Cayetano, Lindavista

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Basilica Baptistery

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