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Sacred Sites in Mexico

Below is an illustrated index of the sacred sites and religious places in Mexico profiled so far on Sacred Destinations, listed in alphabetical order by name. Please note this list is far from comprehensive - many more great sites remain to be added. You can also view these sites on an interactive map of Mexico.

  • Chichén Itzá
    Yucatan, Mexico
    Chichén Itzá is the largest of the ancient Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. A center of Mayan pilgrimage for over 1,000 years, it is now one of Mexico's most-visited tourist destinations.
  • Great Pyramid of Cholula
    Puebla, Mexico
    The largest ancient structure in Mexico, this pyramid is now covered in grass and topped with a church.
  • Coba
    Yucatan, Mexico
    Much of Coba still remains to be excavated, but it is notable for its extensive system of ceremonial roads, remote jungle landscape and multiple pyramids, including the tallest in the Yucatan.
  • Kabah
    Yucatan, Mexico
    Located 18 km from Uxmal, Kabah was at its peak from 800 to 900 AD. The ruins feature elaborate carvings of the rain god Chac and fine examples of the Maya vault.
  • National Museum of Anthropology
    Mexico City, Mexico
    Home to the famous Aztec calendar stone, this excellent museum displays a vast array of artifacts from the indigenous cultures of Mexico.
  • Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Mexico City, Mexico
    The holiest shrine in Latin America and most popular Catholic shrine in the world, this basilica houses a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary who appeared to an Aztec convert.
  • Metropolitan Cathedral
    Mexico City, Mexico
    The oldest and largest cathedral in Latin America, the Catedral Metropolitana dominates the Zócalo plaza in Mexico City.
  • Mexico City LDS Temple
    Mexico City, Mexico
    Designed in the style of an ancient Mayan temple and dedicated in 1983, the Mexico City Temple is the largest Mormon temple outside the United States.
  • Templo Mayor
    Mexico City, Mexico
    This 14th-century Aztec temple was the center of religious life in Mexico City before the Spaniards arrived. Most of its stone was used to build the nearby cathedral.
  • Palenque
    Chiapas, Mexico
    Widely considered the most atmospheric and magical of the Mayan sites, Palenque was at its peak from 600 to 700 AD. It is famed for its unique and impressive architecture and royal history.
  • Puebla Cathedral
    Puebla, Mexico
    Begun in 1545 and not consecrated until 1649, Puebla's Baroque-style cathedral is the second largest in Mexico.
  • Museo Amparo
    Puebla, Mexico
    Housed in an 18th-century hospital building, this museum displays a major collection of pre-Columbian and colonial Mexican art.
  • Santo Domingo and the Capilla del Rosario
    Puebla, Mexico
    This former monastery church is famed for its Capilla del Rosario (1690), an impressive sight with overwhelming Baroque decoration.
  • Teotihuacán
    Mexico City, Mexico
    Constructed around 300 AD, this astonishing collection of pyramids was believed to be the center of creation. The massive stone pyramids are laid out according to astronomical alignments.
  • Tulum
    Yucatan, Mexico
    Spectacularly located on a cliff overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea, Tulum is a late-Maya site that was active from around 1200 AD until the arrival of the Spanish.
  • Uxmal
    Uxmal, Mexico
    The late-Classic Maya site of Uxmal was built before the 10th century AD and is one of the most complex and harmonious expressions of Puuc architecture.