Catedral de la Virgen de la Asunción

Veracruz City

The 18th-century cathedral has doors opening out onto the zócalo and is fairly unremarkable on the inside.

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Nearby Veracruz City attractions

1. Zócalo

0.03 MILES

Any exploration of Veracruz has to begin with its zócalo (also called the Plaza de Armas and Plaza Lerdo), the city’s unofficial outdoor ‘stage’ where…

2. Fototeca

0.04 MILES

On the southeast side of the zócalo, this small arts center has rotating photographic and video exhibitions. It’s spread over three floors of a restored…

3. Palacio Municipal

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This handsome 17th-century building, occupied by local government offices, faces onto the zócalo.

4. Museo Histórico Naval


Occupying a former naval academy, this high-tech museum offers a titanic lesson in Mexico’s maritime heritage, with plenty of interactive displays and an…

5. Museo de la Ciudad de Veracruz

0.22 MILES

Housed in a charming colonial-era building, this museum recounts Veracruz’s history from the pre-Hispanic era. Standout exhibits include some Totonaca and…

6. Centro Cultural La Atarazana

0.26 MILES

This colonial-era warehouse has been beautifully converted into an exhibition space and sports a striking mural by Melchor Perado. Worthwhile temporary…

7. Altar a la Patria

0.27 MILES

Two blocks inland from the malecón is the 1998 Altar a la Patria, an obelisk marking the buried remains of those who defended Veracruz during its numerous…