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The "Metropolitana" cathedral, this monumental structure which today dominates Mexico's main square -the Zocalo- is not the same as that which initially replaced the Templo Mayor in 1572 the Archbishop Pedro Moya de Contreras laid the first stone which, after 42 symbolic years, was inaugurated by the Viceroy Duke of Alburquerque and was later re-dedicated in 1667 by the Viceroy Mancera.

The cathedral had the privilege of introducing new architectural styles that subsequently flourished throughout New Spain. Classic evolves into neoclassic and envelops the baroque play of style without detracting from it in any way. Much of this is owed to Manuel Tolsa who added the final touches to the project in 1813 by adding the balustrade and by enlarging the central cupola.

You can see also a daily life scene with the market (which I found also nice for the colors)

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