Mexico City Cathedral

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    An early Sunday morning shot of Mexico City's impressive Cathedral.

    Many more pictures in my blog: here.

    See it large in black: here.

    EXIF data:
    Camera: Nikon D300s
    Lens: AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
    Aperture: f/7.1
    Focal Length: 26 mm
    ISO Speed: 200

    The Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral (Spanish: Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María) is the largest and oldest cathedral in the Americas and seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico.

    It is situated atop the former Aztec sacred precinct near the Templo Mayor on the northern side of the Plaza de la Constitución in downtown Mexico City. The cathedral was built in sections from 1573 to 1813 around the original church that was constructed soon after the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán, eventually replacing it entirely. Spanish architect Claudio de Arciniega planned the construction, drawing inspiration from Gothic cathedrals in Spain.

    The cathedral has four facades which contain portals flanked with columns and statues. The two bell towers contain a total of 25 bells. The tabernacle, adjacent to the cathedral, contains the baptistery and serves to register the parishioners. There are two large, ornate altars, a sacristy, and a choir in the cathedral. Fourteen of the cathedral's sixteen chapels are open to the public. Each chapel is dedicated to a different saint or saints, and each was sponsored by a religious guild. The chapels contain ornate altars, altarpieces, retablos, paintings, furniture and sculptures. The cathedral is home to two of the largest 18th century organs in the Americas. There is a crypt underneath the cathedral that holds the remains of many former archbishops.

    1. eaglexl 99 months ago | reply

      wow- beautiful- very dramatic shot- well done!

    2. ~Terrie K ~ 99 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo as seen in the group
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    3. Roberto O 99 months ago | reply

      Preciosa. Impresionante el cielo limpio

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    5. ulli_p 99 months ago | reply

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    6. Triporati 86 months ago | reply

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    7. Ana Garabato 85 months ago | reply

      ¡que chulada de foto! :)

    8. JuanPabloGuerrero 75 months ago | reply

      Una duda.. Cómo tomas tan geniales fotos jajaja?
      Como la editaste o así las toma tu cámara? Me podrías
      decir una buena página pára editar fotos :D porfa

    9. olavbryantsmith 68 months ago | reply

      Hi. We've started a new magazine called Empirical ( ) and I am happy to say that we've chosen the photograph above for publication in our October issue. Thank you for making it available to us.

    10. 65 months ago | reply

      Early morning shots are had to capture - you've done an excellent job making this photo really stand out.

      We used this in our article about exploring Mexico City (and surrounds).

      Please let us know if you would like anything different done with the attribution. And thanks for sharing with Creative Commons!

    11. the_warpaint 50 months ago | reply

      Hey. We'd love to use this foto (with attribution, of course) for a campaing called "Hecho en #CDMX", a badge to be displayed on websites for México City-based startups, apps, etc. I've taken the liberty of doing a mockup to show you its use here: So, what do you think?

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