Campeche Cathedral is one of the most important and historic buildings in Campeche’s old town. Its two towers rise high above the cobbled colonial streets. It has been the center of religious and cultural life in the city since its founding over 300 years ago. Make the cathedral your starting point for exploring Campeche’s historic district and marvel at its beautiful architecture.
The great cathedral stands just off the main Parque Principal in the heart of the old town. The vast limestone building dominates the east side. It is a beautiful landmark and the cultural beating heart of Campeche. Join the hundreds of people who fill the aisles every Sunday and on Catholic holy days and experience their passion and devotion.
While a chapel has stood on this spot since 1540, the current building dates to the 17th century and was awarded the status of cathedral in 1895 by Pope Leo XIII. Stand outside and gaze up at the façade to appreciate the somber and minimalist decoration which is carved into the stone. Spot the statues of saints which adorn the towers.
Step inside the cavernous cathedral, which is dedicated to “Nuestra Señora de la Purisma Concepcion” (Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception), and feels the coolness and tranquility which permeates the space. The interior has a neoclassical style and is sparse in its decoration. Look for the window of the choir, in which a tiny image of a saint can be seen. Pause to look at the interesting colonial-era paintings hanging in the nave.
While Campeche Cathedral is a handsome building at any time, after dark it is truly magnificent. Visit in the evening to see the UNESCO-listed cathedral illuminated in a brilliant white light, which glows all the way across the old town.
Campeche Cathedral is located on Calle 55, on the east side of the Parque Principal. It is generally open from early morning to early evening and there are Masses on Sunday. Access it by foot to see many of the old town’s beautiful sights along the way.