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    Tourist Attractions in Mexico City

    The most interesting tourist attractions places in Mexico city. Photos and a brief description.

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    About Mexico City

    Mexico City is a huge “human anthill” located in a green valley among mountains and volcanoes, in the ancient land of the Aztecs. This city seems to have absorbed everything: the centuries-old history of the Indian peoples, the adventurism and greed of the first Spanish conquistadors, archaic Catholic morality and quite modern tolerance.

    Tourists come to Mexico City to listen to the soulful songs of Mariachi musicians, taste the scalding dishes of Mexican cuisine and plunge into the mysterious and attractive atmosphere of Spanish-American culture. The city is sure to delight guests with its magnificent palaces and interesting museums, where the treasures of civilizations almost wiped off the face of the earth are hidden.

    The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a brief description.

    Top Tourist Attractions in Mexico City

    Palace of Fine Arts

    An impressive opera house built of Carrara marble. The grandiose palace has been decorating the center of the capital of Mexico since the 1930s. The building was built according to the project of the Italian architect A. Boari in the neoclassical, Art-Duvo and Beaux-arts styles. Inside, the walls are decorated with drawings by Mexican masters D. Rivera, H. K. Orozco, A. Siqueiros, F. Mariscal and other artists. To date, the Palace of Fine Arts is the most popular attraction of the capital.

    Palace of Fine Arts
    Chapultepec Palace

    Chapultepec Palace

    The palace is located on the hill of the same name. It used to be the official residence of the rulers and governors of Mexico. The building began to be built at the end of the XVIII century under the Viceroy Bernardo de Galvez, but due to lack of funds it had to be put up for auction. In 1833, a military academy was placed in the palace, and in 1864 Emperor Maximilian Habsburg settled here. Today, the building houses the National Historical Museum.

    Constitution Square

    Another name of the square is Sokalo. It is the largest in Latin America and one of the largest in the world (more than 46 thousand m2). In the middle there is a powerful flagpole, on which the national flag is flying. There are two famous sights on the square – the National Palace and the city Cathedral. For the construction of the Zocalo, stones brought from the ruins of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan were used.

    Constitution Square
    Paseo de la Reforma

    Paseo de la Reforma

    The main alley of the Mexican capital, which is a wide avenue. It was founded in the 1860s under Emperor Maximilian. The project was based on the proportions of the streets of European capitals. The length of the avenue is about 12 km . It stretches from Chapultepec Park to Madero Street. The main local attraction is the "Angel of Independence" column, installed in honor of the country's victory in the struggle for freedom.

    Mexico City Cathedral

    The main Catholic church in Mexico, one of the oldest and most significant in Latin America. The first church on the site of the modern building was founded in the XVI century by Hernan Cortes. Today it is located in the north-eastern part of the cathedral. The stones of the destroyed temple of the god of war Huitzilopochtli were used for the construction of the grandiose building. The building is designed in the style of colonial architecture.

    Mexico City Cathedral
    Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    The Virgin of Guadalupe is the patron saint of the country, she is even called the "mother of all Mexicans". The basilica contains her image (the image on the cape), allegedly found by the Indian Juan Diego, who even had the honor to see the Virgin with his own eyes. The basilica was erected on the spot where this wonderful event took place. The church is an important pilgrimage center, where thousands of Mexicans flock.

    National Palace

    The current residence of the President of the country, which is located on Sokalo Square. The building is built in the Baroque style, or rather – in its Mexican version. The grandiose structure has three floors and a length of more than 200 meters. The palace was designed by order of Hernan Cortez. The interior is decorated with magnificent frescoes by the famous artist Diego Rivera, dedicated to important milestones in the history of Mexico.

    National Palace
    Postal Palace

    Postal Palace

    The complex was built by order of dictator Diaz at the beginning of the XX century. The architectural style of the palace can be defined as eclectic, so in its appearance the features of the Venetian and French manners are mixed. The interiors of the building are distinguished by splendor and luxury – the space is richly decorated with marble, stucco, gilding, metal ornaments. The main post office of Mexico is located in the building.

    National Anthropological Museum

    The museum is located within Chapultepec Park. His collections are dedicated to the history of Mexico in the pre-Columbian period. The spacious exhibition halls house artifacts found on the territory of the country and are material evidence of the high level of prosperity of Indian civilizations. For example, the museum houses a stone figure of the rain god and the "Sun Stone" – the famous Aztec calendar.

    National Anthropological Museum
    Templo Major

    Templo Major

    Tepmlo Mayor or "big temple" in Spanish is the ruins of the pyramid of the gods Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli, left after the destruction of the Aztec city of Tenochtitalan. Once the structure reached a length of 60 meters and served as an important religious center. With the arrival of Hernan Cortez, the temples were destroyed. Only in the XX century, during construction work, a part of the base of the pyramid was discovered.

    Frida Kahlo House Museum

    Frida Kahlo is an artist, a communist and a rebel. She became a real symbol of the country and won universal popular love. The museum dedicated to the life and work of this extraordinary personality opened in 1955 in a house that belonged to the Kahlo family at the beginning of the XX century. Here she lived with her husband Diego Rivera. In the 1930s, Leon Trotsky and his wife hid with the couple for some time.

    Frida Kahlo House Museum
    Diego Rivera Fresco Museum

    Diego Rivera Fresco Museum

    The museum's collection consists of only one exhibit – a piece of the wall of the Prado Hotel, painted by the artist D. Rivera. After the earthquake of 1985, the hotel had to be demolished, but they decided to save the unique mural for posterity. The painting is called "A Dream on a Sunday afternoon in Alameda Park." It has quite impressive dimensions – a length of 15 meters, a width of 4 meters, as well as an unaffordable weight of 7 tons.

    Leon Trotsky House Museum

    The museum is located in the house where L. Trotsky lived the last months of his life until he was killed by an NKVD agent. Before that, he and his wife lived for two years in the villa of the artist Frida Kahlo. The exposition opened in 1990. Today it includes a library with a collection of works by Lev Davidovich, modern Trotskyist literature, as well as documents and personal belongings of the revolutionary.

    Leon Trotsky House Museum
    Folk Art Museum

    Folk Art Museum

    The first visitors saw the collection in 2006. It was created with the aim of popularizing Mexican traditional culture, which is a bizarre mix of ancient Indian beliefs and Catholicism. Sculptures, ceramics and wood products, paintings, jewelry and other works of folk art are collected here. The museum has courses on teaching various crafts and an educational center.

    National Art Museum

    The exhibition consists of works by Mexican artists who worked in the period from XVI to XX centuries. The museum houses more than 3 thousand exhibits, each of which belongs to a certain time. There are three main parts in the collection: paintings painted during the colonial era, after the country gained independence and after the Mexican Revolution. The building itself is an example of Mexican architecture of the early XX century.

    National Art Museum
    Museum of Memory and Tolerance

    Museum of Memory and Tolerance

    The museum was created with the aim of drawing public attention to crimes against humanity, as well as to the consequences of intolerance. The issues of genocide of nations, discrimination of individual peoples and groups of society are touched upon here, topical issues in the field of human rights are raised. The museum has a room for children, where they are told about tolerance in a fun way.

    Soumaya Museum

    The collection is located in a modern building from 2011, which has the shape of an anvil. The museum was founded at the expense of Mexican billionaire K. Slim to house his personal collection of works of art. The exhibition consists of paintings by local and European masters. Here you can see paintings by K. Monet, P. Renoir, K. Pissarro, E. Degas, as well as sculptures by Rodin.

    Soumaya Museum
    Dolores Olmedo Museum

    Dolores Olmedo Museum

    Dolores Olmedo became famous for having a love affair with the artist Diego Rivera. She was also a very well-rounded woman and during her life managed to collect a rich collection of art objects, consisting of several dozen paintings. In 1994, a museum named after her was opened, where the collection was exhibited to the public. Among the exhibits are not only paintings, but also Dolores' jewelry and sculptures.

    Latin American Tower

    Mexican 44-storey skyscraper, built in the 1950s by A. Alvarez and M. de la Colina. The architects even received a prize for being able to put such a high building in an earthquake-prone area. In most of the building there are offices of commercial organizations, the space from the 37th to the 44th floor is occupied by a museum, on the 42nd and 45th floors there are viewing platforms.

    Latin American Tower
    Azteca

    Azteca

    The football arena, which is one of the largest in the world. Its stands can accommodate up to 105 thousand spectators, although many more people are often placed on the seats. The decisive matches of the World Cup have been held here twice, and once – the Summer Olympic Games. The stadium was built in 1966, the first reconstruction was carried out 20 years later.

    Mercado de Artesania Stadium

    A great place to buy a variety of souvenirs, many of which cannot be found elsewhere. Traditional ceramics, national clothes, interesting products of Mexican craftsmen and many other things are sold here. A great bonus for Spanish-speaking tourists is an additional discount from sellers. For people who speak only English, the prices will be obviously higher.

    Mercado de Artesania Stadium
    Xochimilco

    Xochimilco

    The outlying area of the Mexican capital, known for the fact that Aztec channels – Chinampas are located on its territory. Once flowers were grown here en masse, today guests and residents of Mexico City ride on gondolas-trahiner. The total length of the canals is more than 170 km, tourist routes are laid for 14 km. In 1987, Xochimilco was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

    Doll Island

    The creepy island is located about 18 km from Mexico City. It looks like the scenery for some mystical thriller: broken old dolls and parts of their bodies are hanging everywhere. A strange collection was collected by the hermit D. S. Barrera, who accidentally witnessed the tragic death of a little girl. Apparently, since then the man went crazy and became addicted to such a strange hobby.

    Doll Island
    Alameda Central Park

    Alameda Central Park

    An urban landscape park with French-style fountains, paved alleys and decorative statues, located on the site of the former El Camadero Square, where heretics were burned until the XVIII century. Poplars grow here in large numbers, which is why it was named "Alameda" (this is the name of the tree in Spanish). Today, the park is one of the favorite places for recreation and walking.

    Chapultepec Park

    A huge 800-hectare park around the hill of the same name in the center of Mexico City. During the Aztec Empire, the ruler's country palace was located here, connected to Tenochtitlan by means of a bridge. On the territory of Chapultepec there is a zoo, a rock with the image of the Aztec Emperor Montezuma I, the National Museum of Anthropology and other interesting sights.Text

    Chapultepec Park

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