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.

San Lorenzo Huipulco Chapel and Town Center

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Church of San Lorenzo Diácono y Mártir, Centro Histórico

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San Lorenzo Tezonco Church and Town

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San Juan Ixtayopan, Tláhuac

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Church of San Francisco de Asís, San Francisco Tecoxpa

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Señor de la Humildad Chapel / Manzanares Chapel

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Capilla Británica – Centro Cultural Juan Ruíz de Alarcón

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Santa Ana Tlacotenco

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Old Parish Church of the Indians

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The New Basilica of Guadalupe

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Capilla de Juramentos

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Parish Church of Santa María de Guadalupe – Capuchins

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Chapel of San Sebastián Mártir, Chimalistac

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San Antonio de Padua Church, Tecómitl, Milpa Alta

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Capilla Olla de Piedra, St. Anthony Chapel, Tecómitl

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San Antonio Tecómitl and the Legend of the Nahuale

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Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, Salto del Agua

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Valvanera Cathedral, San Charbel Chapel

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Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, Lomas de Reforma

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Church of Nuestra Señora de Loreto

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San Francisco Tlaltenco

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Señor de Chalma Sanctuary (La Chalmita)

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Immaculate Conception Church & Convent

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La Lupita Chapel, Oztotepec

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