This historic place keeps many years of antiquity, many more than you think, we are talking about the emblematic Historic Center, the heart of Mexico City, which is composed of legitimate architectural works, in addition, it was named World Heritage Site in 1987.
It has an area of 9.7 kilometers, in which are located about 1,500 buildings that are distributed among temples, museums, hotels, stores, galleries, theaters and cultural centers, most of these are listed as historical or artistic monuments, better explore it on foot, so you have a lot to do and know in the center of CDMX.
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What to do in the Historic Center of Mexico City?
We are sure that you will need more than one day to visit all the places in the Historic Center, to know each of its streets, buildings and monuments that preserve a significant concept of history. But among so many places to see, we will show you the most outstanding so you have an idea of where to start:
Madero Pedestrian Walkway
This is one of the most visited streets by tourists, since it is home to a variety of stores that offer to satisfy different needs, as well as restaurants and prestigious hotels.
Monolith of the goddess Tlaltecuhtli
This is the only archaeological piece that to date preserves its colors, weighs 12 tons and measures 4.19 by 3.62 meters, making it the largest and most important discovery to date.
The Metropolitan Cathedral
Its beginnings were in the year 1573 until 1813, so far it is the largest cathedral in America, the most striking of this place is the altarpiece and the dome made by Manuel Tolsá.
The Templo Mayor
Between this historical place and the Museum of the Site, you will be able to notice each one of the pre-Hispanic archaeological pieces that were found among the ruins of Tenochtitlan and its sacred precinct, being this the most valuable ancient building of the place.
The murals of the National Palace
It is a work of art that illustrates the history of Mexico, these murals were painted by Diego Rivera himself, you will love to see them.
The archeological windows
You’ll have a great time looking at the more than 170 windows that, through their tempered glass and railings, tell a little about the era of old colonial Mexico through protection and signage.
The Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico
It was built in 1900, it still preserves an art nouveau style on the outside, but inside it has an art deco style. Here you will find some of the paintings of José Clemente Orozco, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera.
National Museum of Art
It is located very close to the Palacio Bellas Artes, this building dates from the twentieth century, considered one of the most important in the country, as it holds an art collection of 3,000 pieces from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, no wonder.
Also known as Zócalo Square and declared a World Heritage Site. It is the largest square in Latin America and is surrounded by some of the most important buildings in the country.
Other sites of interest
There is the Mining Palace just in front of Manuel Tolsá square, next to it is the Post Office building with an eclectic style. You can also visit the Templo de la Profesa which is currently known as the Museum of Religious Painting. Other places you can visit are the Palacio de Iturbide and the Palacio de los Condes del Valle or Casa de los Azulejos.
As you can notice, the Historic Center of Mexico City is a very big place surrounded by many architectures that invite us to take a walk to the history of Mexico, the city, its culture, the bravery of its people, art, gastronomy and much more. So do not hesitate to visit this touristic place of Mexico.