For Mexico’s deeply religious and mostly Roman Catholic populace, life revolves around faith. In towns of any significant size, a church anchors one end of a square located in the center of the city. Whether large or small, these churches are always elaborately decorated and worth a visit. In Mazatlan, Mexico, this is even more true, since its 19th century Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is a splendid combination of Moorish and Gothic architecture.
Outside, large white sculptures of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John stand at each of the four corner entrances. Looming over the apostles, the cathedral’s twin towers and their outer cupola are covered by yellow tiles of European manufacture. Although beautiful during the day, the cathedral is absolutely stunning by night, when its yellow facade is accented with spotlights and the crosses that adorn the top of its towers are lit up in neon.