Catedral Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
The pink stone and looming towers of the Catedral Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción make it one of the most distinctive landmarks in Aguascalientes. Visit the striking monument on Plaza de la Patria and discover the impressive paintings hanging beneath its vaulted ceilings. The episcopal seat of the diocese is an active place of worship, but anyone is welcome to enter and enjoy the quiet beauty of the building.
Look for elements of the building from different eras of its construction. The cathedral was built on the site of two chapels from around the start of the 17th century. Although building began on the basilica in 1704, it was not completed until 1738. Admire the two matching towers with rounded tiers, built separately in 1764 and 1946.
Bring your camera to photograph the exterior and zoom in on details carved into the pink stone façade. Crane your neck upward to spot reliefs of the Trinity and an archangel standing watch over the Baroque-style doorway.
Enter beneath the huge arched portal to see the elegant interior. The ceiling features three adjoining domes, each lined with gilding, while floral motifs adorn the tops of the columns and ornate chandeliers hang from the arches.
Head into the sacristy to admire paintings by Miguel Cabrera. His most famous work in the church is the Virgin of Guadalupe, which sits over the altar of the south aisle. Take some time to see all the different artworks throughout the cathedral, including paintings by José de Alcíbar. The basilica also features a set of wooden organ pipes.
The cathedral is located on Plaza de la Patria, near the Government Palace. Walk to the basilica from other attractions in Aguascalientes, such as the Jardín de San Marcos or the National Museum of Death.
Come to the Catedral Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción on Sunday mornings, when the priest holds two Masses within the nave. Visit on any other day of the week and enter the church for free to explore the cathedral at your own pace.