Morelia Cathedral

Morelia Cathedral

An imposing structure

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A majestic 18th century neoclassical masterpiece that dates from the days when Morelia was still called Valladolid. The evening sees it lit up by the same company that illuminates the eiffel tower, while on Saturdays see a free firework show amongst the spires.

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The expert view

  • Construction began on 6th August 1660, and finished 84 years later, in 1744. The height of the towers is 66.8 meters, making it the 4th tallest in Mexico.
  • The huge organ has 4600 pipes, the second largest in the country.


  • What to eat?
    Churipo: A red chilli soup with vegetables, perfect with corundas.
    Corundas: A delicious triangle of fluffy maíz dough, usually with cheese and vegetables.
    Enchiladas placeras: Salsa coated tortillas filled with cheese, onions, and served with chicken and salad.
    Ates: A chewy candy made of natural, locally sourced fruits.
    Gaspacho. Finely diced fruit with cheese, chilli powder and orange juice.
  • What to do?
    The International Film Festival: Founded in 2003 brings together local and international stars, as well as showcasing new talent.
    International Organ Festival: Founded by the organist Vega Nuñez in 1966, and held every May, with varied pieces played on the monumental organ of the cathedral.
    Festival Internacional de Música Miguel Bernal Jiménez: Fundado en 1989 para honrar la memoria de este gran compositor moreliano, este festival se realiza anualmente en noviembre. Surge con el propósito de fomentar la difusión y la enseñanza musical
    Legends Tour: Night time guided walks through the historic center, with stories and legends of the city.


  • Calzada Fray Antonio de San Miguel. A lovely walkway, especially in the evening when you can sit on the stone benches enjoying an ice cream, or hearing about the city’s legends. Just a stone’s throw from the Tarascas fountain.
  • Cuauhtemoc Forest. This inner city park boasts views of the historic aqueduct and French style architecture, as well as modern art and natural history museums.
  • Tarascas Fountain. The perfect postcard from Morelia, with a bronze statue backed by the wonderful aqueduct.
  • Callejón del Romance. This romantic little throroughfare is also close by, to share a coffee or listen to the wandering singers with the one you love.
  • Villalongin Gardens. Great views of the aqueduct in this famous little garden where many local girls get their picture taken on their 15th birthday.

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