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This article is about the building in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. For the building in Age of Empires II, see Cathedral (Age of Empires II).

Mexican Church building that can revive a fallen Padre, protects nearby buildings, and has powerful unique upgrades.

The Cathedral is an economic building in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Mexicans and is available once the Commerce Age is reached. It functions identically to European Churches, but instead of training Priests, retrains the Padre, as well as having more hit points and are capable of slowly repairing nearby buildings (but not the Cathedral itself).


Age Unit Cost Pop. Limit
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Padre aoe3de portrait.png Padre 175 coin 1
Aoe3 spy icon.png Spy 125 coin 2


Age Technology Cost Effect
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French Home City 1 (Master Surgeons).png Medical Science 200 food,
200 wood
Healers get +35% hit points and +15% speed; Field Hospitals get +15% hit points and are built 15% faster
Town Watch.png Town Watch 200 food All units get +2 LOS
Gas Lighting.png Gas Lighting 100 food All buildings get +4 LOS
Holy Mass 750 coin Ships 500 XP for every 10 minutes of the game time, up to 30 minutes
Liturgy 100 food,
100 wood,
100 coin
The Padre heals all units in range simultaneously
Guadalupanos 200 food,
200 wood,
200 coin
The Padre's Pacify ability can now be used against military units
Cry of Dolores 400 food,
400 wood,
400 coin
The Padre gets the Cry of Dolores! ability
State Religion 500 coin Next Federal State Age Up time -50 seconds and ships twice as much experience
First Guarantee Free The Padre now automatically respawns at the Home City shipment point when he fell; requires the "Plan of Iguala" Home City Card
Visit of the Seven Houses Ships 1 Insurgente for every House built
Día de Muertos Gives +5 XP for every units lost (but not deleted) before this technology is researched
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Redoubts.png Redoubts 400 wood,
600 coin
Walls get +200% hit points and -20% cost, but build time +40%
Second Guarantee Free Soldados get +20% hit points and attack, but train time +40%; Requires the "Plan of Iguala" Home City Card and First Guarantee
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Standing Army.png Standing Army 350 coin Infantry train time -25%
Mass Cavalry.png Mass Cavalry 750 coin Cavalry train time -35%
Third Guarantee Free Haciendas can be sold to return their resource cost but gets -50% hit points, takes three times as long to be built, and does not give experience when built; Requires the "Plan of Iguala" Home City Card and Second Guarantee

Further statistics[]

As the Cathedral is unique to the Mexicans, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Home City Cards[]

As the Cathedral is unique to the Mexicans, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:


In Christian states, the Cathedral was the ultimate monument to the glory of God. A large building of worship that was usually the seat of a bishop, one could only be painstakingly erected through extensive financial support and labor. Centers of religious influence both in the past and present, these structures stand to posterity as imposing and impressive reminders of the architectural prowess of past societies.


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