With origins that date back several centuries, Mexico City is a wellspring of history. Beginning as the Aztec-built Tenochtitlan, the city was erected in the 14th century. The Spanish arrived nearly 200 years later, conquering the grand city only to rebuild from the ruins of its temples, pyramids, and palaces. Their new and opulent construction earned its nickname “The City of Palaces” and forms the center of modern-day Mexico City. Contemporary art and culture flourish here among the Spanish Colonial architecture, giving the city a character all its own. Mexico City boasts 10 archaeological sites and more museums than any other city worldwide. It is the Western Hemisphere’s oldest continuously inhabited city and is over 700 square miles in area.
The Historic Center of Mexico City comprises an area of 30 blocks, including the impressive town square. The Zocalo is the second largest town square in the world. Once the location of Tenochtitlan, the Zocalo still houses the ruins of the Aztecs’ Templo Mayor. Visitors can walk through what remains of the main ceremonial pyramid and see the Templo Mayor Museum, where artifacts and models illuminate the history of this great Aztec masterpiece.
In Mexico City, temples of ancient religions exist alongside Christian cathedrals and shrines. The echo of history reverberates here with elements of ancient, colonial, and contemporary influence.
Discover the extraordinary and surprising reaches of Mexico City. It is a thriving city and heart of a nation that maintains the old Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, and modern influences. As the Capital of the country, the city is the epicenter of business, government, and culture reflected in the historic downtown colonial mansions and churches. The broad avenues are full of art deco buildings with museums, galleries, restaurants, and cafes, and the affluent colonial suburbs like Coyoacan and San Angel.
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