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Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral is the largest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the oldest. Construction took place over more than two centuries, so there are a number of styles incorporated into the cathedral, including Baroque and Churrigueresque. The church also bears more than a passing resemblance to the great cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in Spain, or so say I. :) In any event, it's one of the most beautiful cathedrals I've seen.

Located on the Zocalo (Mexico City's enormous main square), the cathedral is basically next door to the Mexican presidential palace and built on the ruins of the Templo Mayor, the main temple of the pre-Hispanic city of Tenochtitlan. Due to the inherent instability of the ground in Mexico City, the cathedral was sinking unevenly for a number of years but has since been stabilized. Good thing. I hope it lasts for many more years to come.

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