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Catedral - Historical Building Morelia - Mexico

Smack in the middle of downtown, Morelia's Catedral gets impressively shot up with fireworks every Saturday at 9 p.m. during an odd, long-on-talk illumination display. The rest of the time, the Catedral sits like a gorgeous cat and gloats in her coat of rose-colored "cantera" quarry stone. Begun in 1660, the Catedral was not completed until 1744. Designed by an Italian architect (Vicencio Barroso de la Escayola), the cathedral was meant to be impressive and easy to see from many approaches to the city center. From the top of its 60+-meter spires on down, the massive cathedral incorporates a hodgepodge of styles: Neoclassical, Churrigueresque and Baroque, among others. The paneling and carvings are impressive, but some visitors come by just to marvel at the sounds created by the 4,600-pipe organ. Others with an eye for all that glitters will appreciate the 18th-century Neoclassical silver baptismal font, which was used to baptize Agustín de Iturbide, self-declared emperor of Mexico (1821-23). Many of the cathedral's wonders have been ransacked, but not the 16th-century statue "Señor de la Sacristia" (Lord of the Sacristy), made of dried corn paste.

Location:

Madero Poniente, at Plaza de Armas, Morelia


Morelia, Mexico

Historical Building Types:
Churches and religious buildings

Getting There
The cathedral is right on the main Plaza de Armas.

Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:6 a.m. - 10 p.m.-ish

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

Museo Casa Natal de Morelos, Museo Regional Michoacano, Palacio de Gobierno

Contact Information:
Zip: 58000










19 Apr 2010




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