Considered the most beautiful cathedral in Mexico’s Northwest, the Basilica de La Inmaculada Concepcion is Mazatlán’s crown jewel, a magnificent tribute to faith in the heart of downtown.
Assuming an entire city block, the cathedral is surrounded by Benito Juárez, Guillermo Nelson, José María Canizales and 21 de Marzo Streets. A block from Pino Suárez open market, it stands across the street from Plazuela República, home to City Hall.
Architecturally, it has a marked Gothic style, with two thin towers rising on its exterior; however, three naves adorned by enormous altars carry a Baroque influence, making it a true mosaic of styles. Its atrium, enclosed by a strong, forged wrought-iron perimeter fence, lends grandeur to the building, and sets the stage for three monuments: two of Christ as king, and a third depicting the recently-canonized Saint Juan Diego as he shows Bishop Fray Juan de Zumárraga his peasant poncho with the miraculous apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe stamped on it. Visitors likewise can’t help but marvel over the huge central chandelier and antique hanging light fixtures along the lateral hallways, fully adorned with fine French cut glass. Nothing short of majestic, the cathedral’s architectural design and ornamental details are immaculate and unique.
However, the cathedral’s most awe-inspiring attraction is its extraordinary organ, built in Paris by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. According to local legend, it was first played on May 17, 1899 to the delight of Mazatlán’s churchgoers.
Construction began on the Basilica de La Inmaculada Concepcion in 1875, and was not complete in 1899. In 1937, it was consecrated in honor of the Immaculate Conception.