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Cathedral of Morelia

Morelia

This is the jewel of the architectural crown of the city of Morelia, in fact it is its emblematic building par excellence. This impressive cathedral can’t be overlooked, particularly when you look closely at the towers that surround it—they are among the highest in the country with its 66.8 meters (219 ft) crowned by an iron cross, which can be seen from almost every corner of Michoacán state capital city.

In Baroque style, its construction began in 1660 under the design of the Italian architect Vicencia Barroso De Escaloya. It was completed in 1744, so that over 84 years the original design-idea was nourished by eclectic styles.

Once inside the cathedral, you will find under the dome of the main altar one of its most outstanding treasures: its 3.2 meters (10.4 ft) height-carved in gold and silver main altar, also known as the Manifestador. It’s the only one that remains almost intact throughout the nation since its elaboration in the 18th century.

The beauty of the Cathedral of Morelia is not only external—it is also home of the tubular organ San Gregorio Magno (St. Gregory the Great), made in Germany in the 20th century and the second largest in the country of its kind. This beautiful Churrigueresque style instrument is made up of 4,600 flutes that give it a very special sound and extraordinary quality, unique in Mexico.

Be sure to visit the Cathedral on Saturday night, as it seems to come to life with the spectacle of lighting, sound and pyrotechnic fires organized by the city council.

This is the jewel of the architectural crown of the city of Morelia, in fact it is its emblematic building par excellence. This impressive cathedral can’t be overlooked, particularly when you look closely at the towers that surround it—they are among the highest in the country with its 66.8 meters (219 ft) crowned by an iron cross, which can be seen from almost every corner of Michoacán state capital city.

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In Baroque style, its construction began in 1660 under the design of the Italian architect Vicencia Barroso De Escaloya. It was completed in 1744, so that over 84 years the original design-idea was nourished by eclectic styles.

Once inside the cathedral, you will find under the dome of the main altar one of its most outstanding treasures: its 3.2 meters (10.4 ft) height-carved in gold and silver main altar, also known as the Manifestador. It’s the only one that remains almost intact throughout the nation since its elaboration in the 18th century.

The beauty of the Cathedral of Morelia is not only external—it is also home of the tubular organ San Gregorio Magno (St. Gregory the Great), made in Germany in the 20th century and the second largest in the country of its kind. This beautiful Churrigueresque style instrument is made up of 4,600 flutes that give it a very special sound and extraordinary quality, unique in Mexico.

Be sure to visit the Cathedral on Saturday night, as it seems to come to life with the spectacle of lighting, sound and pyrotechnic fires organized by the city council.

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