The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception also known as the Mazatlan Cathedral is unique for a country in which ornate churches and cathedrals grace the squares of even small villages. While most churches and cathedrals in Mexico are decidedly Spanish colonial in style, the structure of the lovely Cathedral Basilica de Mazatlan boasts a splendid combination of Gothic and Moorish architecture. It also boasts a Star of David in 28 of its stained glass windows, a very unusual feature for a Roman Catholic house of worship. The reason for these symbols is gratitude for the donation of construction funds by a wealthy Jewish family of the city. Construction was begun in 1856 and was completed in 1899, and in 1938 the church was dedicated as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
From the cruise terminal you can take an open-air cab, taxi, van bus or walk (less than a mile). All city tours stop at the church. There plenty of shops and an indoor mall, with excellent prices, close to the church. Southwest of the church is Mazatlan's Central Historic Center.
Mazatlán Cathedral Links
- Mazatlan Cathedral Website
- Historic Center Walking Map