Basilica Menor Catedral


Known simply as ‘La Catedral,’ this bright, canary-yellow church fronting the plaza was begun in 1647, destroyed in 1759, and rebuilt soon afterward. The cathedral has a famous basilica, which is generally open to visitors, and a museum of religious and colonial art, though there are intriguing frescoes in the basement (along with a few bats).

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