Our Lady of Solitude Cathedral, Acapulco

#11 in Best Things To Do in Acapulco
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Key Info

Independencia Numero 1 Centro

Price & Hours

Free

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Free, Churches/Religious Sites Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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The main Catholic church in Acapulco is located in the center of the city, in front of Plaza Alvarez Square. The cathedral's nontraditional exterior, with an onion-shaped blue dome and Byzantine towers, is eye-catching. Inside, visitors will find a yellow-tiled floor, blue and white walls, religious statues and an image of the Virgin of Solitude.

Past visitors said the church, which dominates the Zocalo, is easy to reach from the cruise ship terminal. History buffs in particular were happy to stumble across a historical attraction in a city with few to speak of.

The church is open daily from 10 am. (except on Mondays, when it opens at 9 a.m.) and is free to visit, but be mindful of worshippers.

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