Mexico Metropolitan Cathedral

The Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María is in the centre of Mexico City, built in 1573 on top of the Aztec temple site after the Spanish conquest of Tenochtitlán. The cathedral is similar to those found in Europe but seemed slightly different since the decorative, elaborate carvings were focused around the various alters (maybe constructed later), leaving the rest of the space rather bare in comparison.

The pipe organ was beautiful, with pipes spreading both upwards and horizontally outwards. Being the oldest Roman Catholic church in Mexico, there were many confession booths and even an ‘Altar of Forgiveness’. We also stumbled across a statue of someone called St Raymond Nonnatus, patron saint of childbirth, midwives, children, pregnant women and priests who want to protect the secrecy of confession. People have fixed padlocks in front of his alter to stop gossip, rumours and to keep secrets.

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