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 Pablo Oztotepec

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Chapel of the Concepción and Cuepopan Plaza

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Temple of San Hipólito & San Casciano

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San Antonio de las Huertas Temple

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Hermitage of Secrets: Ermita Del Secreto

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Museo de el Carmen: Temple and Monastery

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Villa Milpa Alta and the Church of the Assumption

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Basílica de San José y Nuestra Señora del Sagrado Corazón

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Buen Tono Church: Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Library of the Congress of the Union

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Santisima Trinidad Temple: Temple of the Most Holy Trinity

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Temple of Saint Augustine and Old National Library

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Templo de la Enseñanza: Nuestra Señora Del Pilar

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Nuestra Señora de los Dolores del Campo Florido

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Merced de las Huertas Chapel

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Chapel of San Marcos Evangelista, Azcapotzalco

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Señor del Calvario Church & Cave Chapel

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Chapel of Santa Bárbara Tetlanman

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Magdalena Mixiuhca Church and Town

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The Monastery at Desierto de los Leones

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Porta Coeli Church

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Church of San Bernardo

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Santa Teresa la Antigua / Ex Teresa Arte Actual

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Cathedral of Azcapotzalco

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