Cathedral of Our Lady of Solitude (Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Soledad) stands at the n. end of Plaza Juan Alvarez, the Zócalo. The cathedral's appearance—complete with an onion-shaped blue dome and Byzantine towers—is a bit misleading; it was constructed in 1930 from parts of an uncompleted movie theater. The simple interior features a yellow-tiled floor, blue and white walls, religious statues and an image of the Virgin of Solitude, patron saint of Acapulco. This is a fully functioning church, and visitors should be respectful of worshippers.
Palm trees tower above the plaza, a local meeting place where vendors peddle their wares and people stop and socialize or read the newspaper over a cup of coffee. Band concerts take place on Sundays. Streets in the adjacent neighborhoods are lined with architecturally interesting houses, making them conducive to a pleasant early evening stroll.